Bans on the Australian players were harsh - Virender Sehwag

Bans on Australian Players Took Into Account the Element of Conspiracy – Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Getty Images)

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The former India cricketer, Virender Sehwag feels the bans imposed on Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were too harsh. Meanwhile, the trio got involved in the ball-tampering saga against South Africa in March, and thus, are serving the punishment imposed by CA for respective tenures.

Moreover, the 12-month ban on the duo, Smith and Warner will keep them out of India series.

Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag said Australian Board had made an inquiry, and from that, they get to know that the trio had planned ball-tampering. Moreover, the Prime Minister also sent a message to take decisive action against Smith and Warner in the past.

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David Warner and Steven Smith are currently serving the ban. Image Courtesy: Getty

“I agree with Aakash Chopra; I think maybe that Australian board had an internal inquiry and from that, they got to know they planned that. Because of that, they banned Steve Smith and David Warner. Because of that and their Prime Ministers were involved in that. The Prime Minister had sent a message to the Australian Cricket Board that they have to take a strong stand here, so you have to ban them. I think because of that they ban these two people but they should not.” Virender Sehwag said.

Furthermore, Sehwag also added it is the job of the referee to decide what punishment one should get. However, the match referee can only ban any player for a single match. In addition to, he also added Cricket Australia might ban them for another five Test matches if required.

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“I think ICC’s job and ICC’s match referee’s job to look after the game and they will take the decision that if somebody made a mistake or somebody did abuse somebody or somebody is tampering the ball, then what ban they should get. And I think match referee ban them for only one game. So Australia might ban them for five Test matches.” Virender Sehwag added.

Meanwhile, the former fiery right-hand batsman is not happy with the decision. He feels Australia had taken a harsh verdict on these talented players.

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