Sandpaper Gate: Ashish Nehra against life ban on Steve Smith
Recently retired Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra voiced his opinion against the life ban on Steve Smith and David Warner, post the infamous Sandpaper Gate.
There are speculations within the Australian cricketing fraternity that the two pillars of Australian cricket might not play for their country again.
Nehra, on the other hand, believes a life ban on Steve Smith and his deputy would be a harsh step.
Also, the Indian seamer commended the Australian captain for admitting his mistakes and subsequently, stepping down from captaincy.
Nehra, who is associated with the RCB this season, claimed that a one-match ban of Smith is enough punishment for his error.
“Life ban will be really harsh for them. Not just for them, but for any player. You have to give them credit that they admitted their mistake. I think to step down from the captaincy and one test match ban is enough for both the players,” quoted Ashish Nehra according to Indian Express.
Sandpaper Gate makes Aussies hypocrites: Richardson
Former New Zealand batsman Mark Richardson reckons that the extreme reaction from the cricketing fraternity in Australia can be traced due to their hyperactive records previously.
Australians, more often than not, overreact to similar situations, when the ball is not in their court. This case, in turn, made them look like a hypocrite instead.
“It’s very, very difficult to go to a former cricketer and get him to be totally outraged about ball-tampering. Becuase, it would quickly make people hypocrites,” stated Mark Richardson.
CA Chief, James Sutherland, along with legal counsel and general manager, travel to South Africa to probe further into the incident.
“I am travelling to Johannesburg this evening. I’ll arrive Tuesday morning local time. ALso, will be meeting Iain to understand the findings of the investigation to that point. Therfore, would determine recommended outcomes,” expressed Sutherland according to a CA release.
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