Ball-tampering scandal: Steve Smith booed, paraded through Johannesburg airport

by Leon Thompson March 30, 2018, 4:18
Ball-tampering scandal: Steve Smith booed, paraded through Johannesburg airport

Cricket Australia's test match naming rights sponsor has pulled out of its deal after less than a year and other companies also severed ties with players involved in the ball-tampering scandal. A formal announcement is expected soon. As well as the ignominy of being identified as the main villain of the piece in the Cricket Australia report, Warner has paid a heavy financial penalty for his misjudgement. Earlier, Steve Smith stepped down from Rajasthan Royals captain and David Warner from Sunrisers Hyderabad's captainship.

The BCCI, however, is likely to red flag the veteran batsman in the wake of 12-month ban slapped on the guilty players by their national cricket board.

Cricket Australia has reportedly banned the two from playing for their country for 12 months because of their cheating in the third Test in South Africa.

While suspending the three cricketers, CA said that they will not be allowed to play worldwide and domestic cricket during the period of suspension.

In the history of cricket, this is the first time that both Captain and Vice Captain being banned by a team because of Ball Tampering.

"Its (sic) a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy".

"I am satisfied that the sanctions in this case properly reflect a balance between the need to protect the integrity and reputation of the game and the need to maintain the possibility of redemption for the individuals involved, all of whom have learned hard lessons through these events", he said.

Three replacement players have flown out from Australia to take their places for the final test in South Africa starting on Friday.

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"This has caused damage to the game as a whole and certainly to Cricket Australia".

Each player must also complete 100 hours of community service before being considered for future selection, while it was confirmed that the cheat had been confined to the trio only, exonerating teammates and coach Darren Lehmann of any wrong-doing.

"Like all of Australia, we are extremely disappointed and as a team we know we have let so many people down and for that, I am truly sorry".

Bancroft, captured on television footage rubbing a homemade form of sandpaper, constructed from sticky tape and grit from the playing surface, onto the ball in an attempt to change its behaviour, was suspended for nine months.

The reaction from Down Under was one of anger and it must be noted that Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australian Sports Commission mounted pressure on the CA to act against the erring players. If CA says that they have chose to ban the two players, that is where it all ends for them as far as IPL 11 is concerned.

"A conspiracy by the leadership of the Australian men's Test cricket team which broke the rules with a clear intention to gain an unfair advantage during the third Test in South Africa goes to the heart of integrity", said Magellan chief Hamish Douglass in a statement.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft will be barred from representing Australia, their states and Big Bash League franchises during the bans, but will be encouraged to play grade cricket.

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