Somerset have announced the termination of Australia opening batsman Cameron Bancroft's contract following the ball-tampering scandal that broke out during the Cape Town Test.
Bancroft, who carried on the act under the influence of 'leadership group' was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia and now finds another setback with Somerset confirming that the 25-year-old will not be part of the club in the upcoming season of County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup.
"Over the last few days, cricket has been over shadowed by a very dark cloud," Somerset's Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said.
"There has been an understandable amount of emotion, deliberation, varying degrees of language and opinions across the game, the public and the various media platforms all associated with the alteration to the condition of the ball by Cameron Bancroft during the Third Test in Cape Town.
"I have met this morning with the CEO, club captain and head coach and with the club's best interests at the centre of our decision can confirm Cameron Bancroft will not be our overseas player for the 2018 season."
Hurry also said the replacement for Bancroft will be announced in due course.
Earlier, Steven Smith and David Warner were also suspended by one-year by the Australian board after their admission to changing the condition of the ball.
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