- Steve Smith and David Warner ball tampering scandal findings out, duo banned by Cricket Australia for 1 year; Bancroft handed a 9-month ban
- Steve Smith also banned from captaining the Australia for a period of 2 years
- Both Steve Smith IPL 2018 and David Warner IPL 2018 campaigns in jeopardy following the ban
Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned for a period of 1 years by Cricket Australia following their involvement in the ball tampering incident that occurred during the third Test match in Cape Town against South Africa. The ‘Cameron Bancroft ball tampering’ incident was caught on camera and as a result, the person who carried out the crime has been handed a 9-month ban. Both Bancroft and Smith had appeared in front of the media just hours after TV cameras had caught the opener rubbing what looked to be a yellow tape on one side of the ball to enhance the reverse swing for the fast-bowlers. Steve Smith ball tampering and David Warner ball tampering ideas have seriously dented their image back in Australia, which sees it’s sportsmen as leaders and ambassadors of fair play.
The hours that followed the scandal
In the press conference, Steve Smith had admitted that the ‘leadership group’ in the team had decided during the lunch break on day 3 to tamper with the ball and deliberately cheated to get an advantage in the match. Before the start of next days play, Steve Smith and David Warner stepped down as the captain and vice-captain of the Australian team. The ICC judgement on the whole scandal was much milder than Cricket Australia’s. The chief cricket governing body in the world fined Steve Smith for 1 match and fined him his full match fees, while Bancroft was handed 3 demerit points along with a fine of 75% match fees.
Cricket Australia James Sutherland had yesterday informed the media that the tainted trio of Smith, Warner and Bancroft have been asked to return to Australia and that significant sanctions were on their way. All three players have the right appeal the judgement via a CA code of behaviour hearing with an independent commissioner. One more person who has been strongly linked with the plotting of the whole idea is Australian coach Darren Lehmann. However, Sutherland told the media that after the primary investigation was completed, it has become clear that the “knowledge was limited to three players” and not the coach.
Steve Smith and David Warner’s IPL in jeopardy
It is still unclear whether Steve Smith’s IPL 2018 and David Warner’s IPL 2018 will go as per planned or will they have miss out on this year’s tournament as they look to win back the fans in their home country. While Steve Smith stepped as the Rajasthan Royals captain following the ICC ban, David Warner’s resignation from the captaincy spot came in on Tuesday morning. Ajinkya Rahane has already replaced Smith at the helm of the Rajasthan Royals team, however, SRH are yet to confirm who will be taking over from David Warner for IPL 11. With CA’s latest announcement, Steve Smith and David Warner’s IPL 11 season looks to have ended even before it started.
Both Smith and Warner have been banned from captaining Australia for a period of 2 years. The trio is expected to travel back to Australia today, with Smith likely to speak to the media on his arrival. With three players leaving the squad in such sudden circumstances, Cricket Australia have called up Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell to join the team prior to the start of the 4th test match.
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