Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was suspended in a ball-tampering row earlier this 12 months, will play for Durham in 2019.
The 25-year-old, together with Australia captain Steve Smith and fellow batsman David Warner, have been sanctioned by Cricket Australia after their involvement in a ploy to have an effect on the ball within the third Check in opposition to
Bancroft was banned for 9 months whereas Smith and Warner are serving 12-month suspensions.
Cameron Bancroft, suspended in a ball-tampering row this 12 months, will play for Durham in 2019
Durham introduced on Friday morning that Bancroft could be obtainable to play in all codecs as their abroad participant for subsequent season.
The county’s head coach Jon Lewis mentioned: ‘Cameron supplies us with a really proficient abroad signing who can bulk up our batting line up and assist us compete for silverware.
‘Tom Latham has executed an amazing job for us over the previous two seasons however we anticipate Tom being unavailable as a result of World Cup in 2019, subsequently we have been delighted to have the ability to convey Cameron in.’
Bancroft tampered with the ball utilizing sandpaper stored in his trousers throughout a Check match
The press launch asserting Bancroft’s signing made no point out of the ball-tampering scandal.
The ball-tampering incident occurred on March 24, the third day of the third Check in opposition to the Proteas in Cape City.
Bancroft was captured on digicam making use of a cloth to the tough facet of the ball earlier than putting it down the entrance of his trousers. He initially mentioned he used sticky tape, however Cricket Australia later confirmed it was a strip of sandpaper.
Nonetheless, he was seen because the junior companion within the scandal, with Smith and Warner receiving longer bans for his or her half in it.
Bancroft was banned for 9 months, with Steve Smith and David Warner additionally banned
On March 25 Smith stood down as Australia captain after admitting his workforce intentionally tampered with the ball.
Bancroft, talking about his determination to hitch Durham, mentioned: ‘I’m excited to hitch Durham for the 2019 county season. Having performed at Emirates Riverside in 2017 I do know what an amazing place it’s to play cricket.
‘With the Ashes and ODI World Cup each being performed within the UK in 2019 it will likely be an enormous summer time of cricket. I’m grateful for the chance and I can not wait to recover from and make an influence with Durham.’