Steve Smith is prohibited from competing in the BBL Finals
Moreover, Smith had applied to play for the Sydney Sixers in their BBL finals playoff match. Against the Perth Scorchers on Saturday. Smith was not on the Sixers’ roster this season due to national team commitments. In addition, The cancellation of Australia’s white-ball series against New Zealand. On the other hand, provided Smith with an opportunity to play in the BBL finals.
“This request was denied… noting that other players returning to the BBL from international duty have been retained on club lists throughout the competition.”
“You have a former Australian captain, one of the best players in the world,” Sixers captain Moises Henriques also said on Friday.
Moreover, “IPL teams that pay multi-million dollars just to have this guy on their team. You do the math: advertising, bums on seats, eyes on TVs ” He continued.
Steve Smith prohibited from competing in the BBL Finals
“What a strange situation! Why wouldn’t you want one of the best to be able to compete in your local tournament? “Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, tweeted his support.
“This makes NO SENSE to me at all. Also, Why would you turn down a superstar who wants to play? Given everything that has happened this year, you can’t claim the competition grounds’ integrity “Former Australia cricketer Ed Cowan also took to Twitter to express his displeasure.
“Am I the only one who thinks it’s crazy that we pushed on blindly with replacement players simply for content fulfilment, thus losing competitive integrity, yet we won’t allow Steve Smith to be on TVs playing for the team he’s always represented and led #ReplacementsOverSmudge,” former cricketer Joe Burns tweeted.
Cricket Lee Germon, the chief executive of New South Wales, also stated: “Would something like this happen to LeBron (James) in the NBA? ‘Sorry, Tom Brady of the NFL or Virat Kohli of the IPL.’ You can’t play because we made a change at some point’. It’d never happen.”