Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Steve Smith and David Warner banned

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Kayla Schwartz | 30 March, 2018, 09:45

Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain Warner have been handed 12-month bans from worldwide and state cricket, while Bancroft received a nine-month ban.

Smith and Bancroft will have to wait two years before they are considered for leadership roles, CA announced on Wednesday.

Warner was stripped of his position as deputy and will never again be considered for a leadership role, with the governing body having fingered him in developing the plot.

Asked how that could happen in view of the fact that he was viewed as one of the instigators of Australia's aggressive style of play, he said he would not resign but admitted: "I need to change".

"It's about the reputation and integrity of Australian cricket and Australian sport and whether Australians can take pride in their national team".

"These are significant penalties for professional players and the board does not impose them lightly".

However, all three cricketers have been allowed to play domestic cricket, thereby, the embargo has been put on their worldwide career for period of 12 and nine months respectively.

This came after the CA sanctions and their forced stepping down as captains of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

While Lehmann believes the public still loves Smith, anger among the cricketing community and Australian fans would say otherwise.

Australia ball-tampering scandal: Tearful David Warner 'deeply sorry' for 'inexcusable' mistake, but may decide to appeal ban

That was before IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said both Smith and Warner have been banned from this year's competition beginning in Mumbai on April 7.

The trio will be allowed to compete in club cricket, but can not take part in state or worldwide games for the duration of their bans.

"I made a serious error of judgement and I now understand the consequences". If the CA goes ahead and bans them, there is no way that the IPL franchises can accommodate them, just like Andre Russell had to skip the IPL after he was caught violating doping clauses.

"If there are credible allegations to the contrary we have the responsibility to address them, though the investigation thus far is that it does appear to be an isolated incident", he told a press conference broadcast on Channel 9.

Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh on Tuesday said he is "deeply troubled" by the ball-tampering controversy in the third Test with South Africa in Cape Town.

Sports apparel maker ASICS Corp meanwhile cancelled sponsorship deals with vice-captain Warner and Bancroft, effective immediately, because of the incident.

Darren Lehmann has even called for the Australian team to play more like the Black Caps. "Replacement players will arrive in the next 24 hours".

"There are those countries that don't like Australia, don't like individuals in the team, and there has been a build up of hate which has exploded and created this tornado of hysteria", he wrote in a column for The Daily Telegraph.

Bancroft said it did want to comment on other players, and denied he had ever tampered with a ball before. That is why the process has had to be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined.

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