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Tensions rise over hearing into ball-tampering bans

18 November 2018 6:59 AM
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This could have been worked into a meeting urged in the Longstaff report to occur within 30 days of the public lodging of the report, in a bid to begin a healing process between the two bodies after an ugly two years featuring a pay war and friction over the culture of the sport. However, that meeting won't be held for another week, with the CA board to convene in the meantime to determine a range of options around the year-long bans of Smith and Warner, and the nine-month ban handed to Bancroft.

It's understood the players' association still hopes to speak at least by phone to CA before the board meets but that appears unlikely. It's believed CA will only call the ACA if it feels it needs clarity or more information on its submission. CA will otherwise inform the ACA, most likely by phone, of its verdict before it is made public.

There are those in cricket circles who see the handling of this issue as a test case for how the two parties plan to rehabilitate their relationship.

The CA directors could opt to reject calls for the bans to be lifted or they could consider at least allowing the three men to return early to first-class cricket and play for their states.

Bancroft is due back on December 29, where he technically could be in line for Test selection, so an immediate easing of that sanction would allow him to have vital game time before Christmas.


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