Ball-Tampering Row: Smith, Warner Handed 1 Year Ban By Cricket Australia

Fanie de Villiers emerged as one of the key figures in exposing Australian side as ball tamperers
Fanie de Villiers emerged as one of the key figures in exposing Australian side as ball tamperers
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29 March, 2018

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 12 months on Wednesday after an investigation into the Australian cricket team's cheating scandal identified Warner as the instigator of the ball tampering plan that unraveled in South Africa.

An internal investigation by Cricket Australia found that Bancroft had been guilty only of carrying out instructions "to artificially alter the condition of the ball".

The suspension means the pair will be unable to play in the 2018 IPL, forcing them to surrender the $2.4 million contracts they signed with their franchises in January.

Bancroft used a strip of yellow sticky tape he had covered with dirt granules to illegally scratch the rough side of the ball, in an attempt to generate more swing for Australia's bowlers.

The Herald also reports that former players have demanded Cricket Australia come clean on the "full story" with some "expressing incredulity that knowledge of the team's under-handed tactics could have been restricted to three players".

All three players will be suspended from all global and domestic cricket, and have to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

"They go to the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport and the penalties must reflect that".

"It's been verified by others that on the walkie-talkie. he radioed down and said 'what the f*** is going on!?'", Sutherland told reporters.

In South Africa, wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over as Australia captain for the final test, which starts on Friday.

"Like many, I am deeply troubled by the events in Cape Town this last week and acknowledge the thousands of messages I have received, mostly from heartbroken cricket followers worldwide", Waugh said on Tuesday.

The decision from the BCCI - announced by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla - came as news broke that Cricket Australia was banning the players for 12 months, in the wake of tremendous outrage over the incident at Newlands from the Australian public, the Australian government and sponsors. "Sanctions will be issued tomorrow and they will be significant", Sutherland said. "It is hoped that following a period of suspension, the players will be able to return to playing the game they love and eventually rebuild their careers".

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"I understand and share the anger and disappointment of Australian fans", Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said at a press conference in Johannesburg.

"The team's culture is not one befitting of the Australian cricket team".

"The whole opportunity for us going forward now is something we can learn from and something we can try to control (is) how we are seen going forward by our Australian public, and become the team that we want to become and they want us to be seen as".

"We all do", he said. "So I think it's genuinely possible that the three guys that have already been mentioned are the only guys who did know about it at the time".

Air New Zealand, taking a dig at Smith, posted a video on Twitter with the caption, "Hey Steve".

Cricket analyst Simon Hughes wrote on Twitter that he believes Lehmann "knows right and wrong" and would have talked the trio out of the plan.

Smith is reportedly distraught and support is being offered to help him cope. "He was the no1 batsman in Test cricket".

South Africa opener Hashim Amla took no delight in the enforced omission of Australia's shamed trio.

Notably, both former captain and the vice-captain gave up their leadership roles with Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively, even before the sanctions were approved by CA.

Meanwhile, LG has confirmed it will not renew its soon-to-expire deal with Warner. "With all the distractions, there is not much we can do from our perspective", he said.


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