Disgraced Australia skipper, Steven Smith, recently opened up for the first time after the ball-tampering scandal which shook the cricketing world early this year.
Smith, along with vice-captain David Warner, and prime perpetrator of the ‘Sandpaper Gate’, opener Cameron Bancroft, were banned for 9-12 months from playing competitive cricket in/for Australia,
Further, the Smith and Warner will not get back to their coveted post in the Australian team for two years, due to the events which transpired at Cape Town.
People who supported me through the whole time made a huge difference: Smith
Smith was nominated as the special guest at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School’s year six and senior school assembly, as part of the students’ Gotcha 4 Life Foundation.
There, the former Australian captain went on to claim he spent four straight days weeping, failing to recover from the mental blow.
The number one ranked Test batsman in the world credited his family and friends for the role they played during his recovery, in a tough time in his career.
“To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears. I was really struggling mentally. And I was really lucky that I had some close friends and family members. With whom I could speak to at all hours of the day,” Steve Smith quoted during the event.
“The people that I had supporting me through that whole time made a huge difference to the headspace I am in now,” continued Smith.
After a while, Smith’s fan received rare good news, as he would soon be getting back into cricketing action. Along with Warner, in the Global T20 Canada league starting from June 28.
Steven Smith will represent the Toronto Nationals while Warner will don the jersey of Winnipeg Hawks.