Surrey interested in banned Aussies


London:Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto has confirmed he would be keen to sign one of Australia’s banned Test stars, if allowed by English administrators.

Di Venuto was Australia’s batting coach until 2016 and remains close to both Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving 12-month bans from international and Australian domestic cricket following the ball tampering scandal in South Africa.

Cameron Bancroft, who was issued with a nine-month suspension, had his contract with Somerset ripped up following the incident, while Smith and Warner lost their IPL deals, worth A$2.4m each.

 The trio are only permitted to play Premier cricket in Australia, and must complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service for club cricket, but their bans do not prevent them from playing in England, although it would require approval from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
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