Smith, Warner join IPL teams following ball-tampering controversy
Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner joined their Indian Premier League teams after missing out on the previous edition of the T20 tournament over ball-tampering bans.
Both Smith and Warner were barred from participating in the cash-rich league last year after their role in the scandal.
The duo recently joined the Australian team in Dubai as part of their reintegration after the scandal in South Africa that rocked the cricketing world.
Both players, who are also returning from elbow injuries, would be eligible for the last two ODIs against Pakistan, but the selectors decided it would be better to ease themselves at the IPL which starts from March 23.
Smith returned to his Jaipur-based franchise Rajasthan Royals, while Warner joined Sunrisers Hyderabad.
"Great to be back with the @rajasthanroyals here in Jaipur. Very excited for this years IPL," Smith wrote on Twitter.
Warner also took to social media to thank his franchise for its "loyal support" all through his international ban, which ends March 28.
"Great to be back here in Hyderabad with @SunRisers I can't thank the franchise and fans enough for your loyal support over the last 12 months. Time to get back into it," he wrote.
Great to be back here in Hyderabad with @SunRisers I can’t thank the franchise and fans enough for your loyal support over the last 12months. Time to get back into it. #orangearmy… https://t.co/8x7dGhaMNU— David Warner (@davidwarner31) March 17, 2019
Warner – who led Sunrisers to victory in the IPL's 2016 edition – and Smith were suspended just ahead of the 2018 edition by the league's governing council.