Cameron Bancroft is not eligible to play international cricket or domestic cricket in Australia till the end of 2018, but has still been named in the list of 18 contracted players by Western Australia.
The news was reported by cricket.com.au on Friday, May 11, a day after New South Wales Cricket Association gave their approval for Steve Smith and David Warner to play grade cricket.
Bancroft, 25, will not be allowed to play for Western Australia but can train with the squad. His participation in grade cricket, however, isn’t confirmed yet, and will be decided at a meeting of the premier Western Australian clubs on Monday.
Smith and Warner were handed 12-month bans and Bancroft was banned for nine months for their roles in the ball-tampering incident in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March this year. The Cricket Australia sanction prevents the three of them from playing for the national team or in the domestic circuit, but there’s no bar on them playing club cricket.
Soon after the punishments, which all three cricketers accepted, were handed out, Smith and Warner had their IPL 2018 contracts with Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively cancelled.
Bancroft, who didn’t have an IPL deal, was dropped by Somerset in the English county circuit, and replaced by Matt Renshaw, the fellow Australian opening batsman.