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Ball-tamperer Bancroft cleared to play club cricket

AFP  |  Perth 

has been cleared to play club in while serving his ban for ball-tampering in South Africa, as he looks for redemption over a scandal that tarnished his name.

The 25-year-old opening batsman was suspended for nine months from state and international over a plot to try and alter the ball with sandpaper during the third Test in in March.

Then and his deputy were both banned for a year. Under rules, any Cricket Australia suspension is automatically extended to club ranks, unlike in New state where Smith and Warner are able to play while serving their bans.

At an extraordinary meeting of the 16 Cricket clubs to discuss the issue on Monday evening, Bancroft was granted special dispensation to turn out for his club side Willetton.

"It was strongly debated across a number of areas, but ultimately approved. It's great for Cameron," Cricket Association said.

Bancroft, who has played just eight Tests, begged for forgiveness in the aftermath of the tampering incident, saying it was something he would regret for the rest of his life. As part of his punishment, he must also undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

New has indicated he will be welcomed back into the team once his ban is served, if his form justifies selection.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 09:40 IST