The ball-tampering scandal in South Africa by the Australians gave the cricketing world a reality check.
Former Australian coach and current Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur believe the same. After so many current and former cricketers having had their says on the incidence, Arthur now believes the cricketing world must learn from their mistakes.
The Pakistan coach said he was extremely stunned after the scandal came out in public. Arthur was the coach of Australia before Darren Lehmann took over the reigns.
However, Cricket Australia has banned Australian captain Steven Smith and David Warner for 12 months, and the duo also missed out the Indian Premier League. Cameron Bancroft, on the other hand, will serve a nine months ban.
The ban applies only to Australia’s international and domestic fixtures. However, all three can play in overseas domestic competitions.
Arthur who is currently in the UK with the Pakistani team who play their first warm-up match against Kent later this week had his say on the entire incidence.
“It was a shock to me. I was disappointed, really disappointed when I saw it go down. But I think it got to a point where perhaps, hopefully, this is a reality check for world cricket and just makes everybody sit back and take stock. Hopefully, something good comes out if it.”
The Pakistan coach was also sympathetic towards the banned trio.
“In a way, I feel really sorry for them. I can understand they were really stupid, they’ve paid a massive price for it, and I know Steve Smith, he would be absolutely gutted. Cameron Bancroft is a new guy on the block so for him it would be really hard to swallow and Davey (Warner).”
“For them to be missing the amount of cricket they are missing is tough on them, so if the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) allowed it, it would be good for them to keep playing because I think they have paid a big price already.”