Cameron Bancroft, one of three Australians suspended for the ball-tampering fiasco in Cape Town in March, will be able to play grade cricket for a Western Australia club nearly three months before his Cricket Australia-enforced ban ends in December.
Bancroft was banned for nine months, and Steven Smith and David Warner for 12 each, for their roles in the incident that took place during the third Test against South Africa and evoked strong condemnation from the cricketing fraternity. Bancroft subsequently parted ways with Somerset, for whom he was slated to play in the summer in the English County Championship.
While both Smith and Warner are eligible to play club cricket in their native New South Wales, Bancroft needed an exemption to do so under the Western Australia state rules.
The Western Australian District Cricket Council had an extraordinary general meeting on Monday (May 14) night where it was decided to allow Bancroft to return right at the start of the 2018-19 grade season. Bancroft plays for Willetton.
Christina Matthews, the WACA chief executive, told Cricket Australia’s website: “I’m pleased to announce the Western Australia District Cricket Council tonight approved Willetton’s application for an exemption to the rule that prevented Cameron from playing Premier Cricket this season.
“It was strongly debated across a number of areas, but ultimately approved. It’s great news for Cameron, and I’d like to congratulate the WADCC on their decision.”