Cape Town - Disgraced Australian batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned from this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), starting next month, tournament commissioner Rajiv Shukla has confirmed.
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This comes after the pair were slapped with 12-month bans from representing Australia in the fallout for the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the third Test against the Proteas at Newlands in Cape Town last weekend.
In addition to their year-long bans, the duo won't be eligible to captain the national side for a period of two years.
Earlier in the week Smith had stepped down from his captaincy role at the Rajasthan Royals, while Warner did similarly at the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Wednesday's ruling makes those decisions meaningless as the pair will now miss the 11th edition of the tournament, which starts on April 7.
Smith's salary at the Royals was $1.9 million (R22.23 million) as was Warner's was at Hyderabad.
"The franchises will get replacements for the players," Shukla confirmed.