Cameron Bancroft free to play county cricket

Somerset had signed Bancroft in December last year but it severed ties with the Aussie following the CA sanctions.

Cameron Bancroft represented Gloucestershire for the whole of 2017.   -  THE HINDU PHOTO ARCHIVES

A day after Australian opener Cameron Bancroft opted against challenging the nine-month ban imposed by Cricket Australia (CA) last week following the Cape Town ball-tampering episode, Sportstar has learnt that the 25-year-old 'will still be able to train and play cricket overseas until the ban finishes in late December.'

"Yes, he is able to play county cricket should there be an opportunity to do so," a source close to the cricketer told this publication.

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Interestingly, Somerset had signed Bancroft in December last year to play in the County Championship and One-Day Cup but severed ties with the Aussie following the sanctions. The wicketkeeper-batsman had even represented Gloucestershire for the whole of 2017.

However, the future course of action continues to remain undecided at this stage. "We have not yet made a decision as to the next step. Cameron is taking some time off and we will reassess in the next few weeks," the source added.

Meanwhile, a CA spokesperson confirmed that 'the process on our end is not officially complete’.

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