Cricket Australia Bans Steve Smith to Play in BBL
CRICDOT DESK : Dan Christian, an all-rounder of the Sydney Sixers Big Bash League (BBL), has blown up Cricket Australia (CA). After a 49 runs Saturday night’s stressful victory pushed the Perth Scorchers to the BBL Final, and the Sixers were furious with the CA rules and couldn’t sign the match against Smith.
The Sixers are still challenging to advance to the final, playing the winner of Sunday’s Thunder vs. Striker duel to see who will take over the deciding scorchers on January 28th. Australian test deputy captain Smith did not sign the Sixers this season as he was found unavailable due to international commitments such as the Limited Over series to Ashes and New Zealand. However, after the series against Blackcaps was postponed due to logistic issues related to COVID and a window opened for Smith to play at the BBL, the Sixers contacted the CA to sign the rest of the game.
However, CA did not allow the former Australian captain to return to BBL, despite the club’s vacant seats. Dan Christian, an all-rounder of the Sixers, called for Cricket Australia’s decision to exclude Smith as “really disappointed.” Sunday.
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“It doesn’t make sense as a player. From our point of view, it’s really disappointing that this is the case now. Over the last few years we’ve talked about having access to the best players in the world, especially from overseas perspectives, which is one of the big criticisms of Big Bash.
“The IPL has all Indian players because all the other tournaments that have played in many overseas tournaments are played by the best local players. The Caribbean League has Australians and There are all West Indian players who were not actually accessible.
“This Australian and New Zealand series has been postponed and will be banned from the national tournament so we will be able to access Australian players. It doesn’t make sense to me, “added Christian.