Mitchell Marsh, who signed as an overseas batsman for Surrey, was ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury. He had to undergo a surgery on this account in Melbourne a week ago. Michael Di Venuto, coach of Surrey is eager to sign some of the banned players for this season. But England Cricket Board should approve this.
The ball-tampering saga led David Warner and Steven Smith serve a ban period of one year from international and domestic cricketing activities. Bancroft was handed nine-month ban as well. On the other hand, the duo lost an IPL deal worth $2.4 million.
Steven Smith and David Warner were confirmed as the main conspirators in the ball -tampering issue and that they asked opening batsman Bancroft to execute the sandpaper plan. So, the ICC handed this trio the suspension for three test matches and penalty of a total match fee. Cricket Australia awarded one year ban on Steven Smith and David Warner from playing international and domestic cricket. Virat Kohli is expected to play for Surrey in this season. The Australian players association pleaded for relaxation of ban period on both the players but there is no news out regarding this issue.
The coach felt that the county cricket will benefit the both as the pair were deprived of playing domestic cricket. There are chances that England Cricket board will deny the coach’s proposal. Both Warner and Smith may be listed in the World cup 2019 team.
Di Venuto said that the inclusion of Smith and Warner in the Surrey’s season will be the good one in the Australian perspective. He said that “From an Australian perspective, it is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage,”
He added, “I don’t know if they are allowed to play in this competition. I know what it states in their sanctions that they can’t play domestic cricket in Australia.
“We have got a relationship with Mitch to see how he goes with his ankle but we have got a spot we have got to fill as well.
“So, if they are in the right mental state to play cricket and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we’d be mad not to look at some of the world’s best players potentially playing.” He concluded his talk with cricket.com.au.