Bancroft given green light


Cameron Bancroft appears at a press conference. Image: Fox Sports.

Banished Australian test cricketer Cameron Bancroft has been given the go ahead to play club cricket in the WA system.

The much maligned opening batsman is currently serving a nine month ban from cricket following his involvement in the South African ball tampering saga but has won the right to line up for club side Willetton next season.

Ordinarily, Cricket Australia bans extend to any and all WA competitions.

This differs from the NSW setup, where fellow banned players Steve Smith and David Warner were already able to play for their local clubs at the commencement of the new season.

The 16 WACA clubs met on Monday night to cast a vote as to whether or not Bancroft should be given an exemption from the rule and he has since been given the green light to line up for Willetton.

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said the voting numbers revealed a “very strong majority”.

“You could say there was a fair amount of love,” Matthews told Sydney Morning Herald.

“I think there was a fair amount of empathy for the situation he was in.”

Bancroft was not present at the meeting, the good news was communicated to him while at a yoga class.


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