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Cricket Australia has handed Australian skipper and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner one-year suspension following their involvement in ball-tampering scandal during the 3rd Test against South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town. Meanwhile opener Cameron Bancroft was also suspended for nine months.
Bancroft was caught on camera trying to apply the glue of yellow tape on the ball with some granules attached to it. At the press conference, Smith admitted that the leadership group was aware of the plan as they had discussed it during the lunch break. It is now learned that only Warner, Smith and Bancroft was aware of the occurrence and no other players were involved in the saga.
However, there have been questions raised about the integrity of coach Darren Lehmann who was seen conveying some message to the 12th man Peter Handcomb. Cameras caught Handscomb coming on to the playing arena and warning Bancroft that he was seen on camera. Bancroft said that he panicked a lot which eventually resulted in shutting down the tape under his trousers.
At the press conference, Smith said that he was certainly not proud of what he and his team did. The integrity of Smith, the leadership group and the whole of Australia came into question following the incident and rightfully so. Australian Prime Minister was pretty shocked at the incident and said that it was one of the most disappointing days in Australian history.
Yes,they made a mistake but by NO means they r criminals.Don’t treat them like one
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 29, 2018
Many former cricketers have also come hard at the tainted duo. Fingers have been pointed towards them, but given the history of the game, ball-tampering has been done by several teams. However, the audacity to hatch out such a plan when so many cameras were around was simply baffling. Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar said that it was the right decision to ban them keeping in mind the integrity of the game.
Out of favor Indian all-rounder, Irfan Pathan, however, came in support of the Australian team and urged the fans and spectators to not treat them as criminals. Taking to his twitter handle, he wrote:
“Yes, they made a mistake but by NO means they r criminals. Don’t treat them like one.”