Ball-tampering: Twitter reacts as Cricket Australia sanctions trio

Ball-tampering: Twitter reacts as Cricket Australia sanctions trio

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Steven Smith and David Warner. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Following the public outcry over the recent ball-tampering saga, Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday has suspended Steven Smith and David Warner from the competitive cricket for one year each.

However, the ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft will stay out of the cricketing field for nine months.

So much so, the statement maintained both are being banned from the captaincy post for the period of two years.

Subsequently, Smith and Warner will miss out the eleventh edition of the IPL. The latest statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed.

The Board has been investigating the brazen incident since March 24 when Bancroft was caught on TV camera while altering the condition of the ball during third day’s play of the penultimate Test.

With this verdict, CA has answered all its burning questions when it took a hit owing to the spirit of the game.

Moreover, while banning the skipper and his deputy, the Australian board has sent out a strong message to the world cricket, but it has been somewhat unjustified while considering the deliberate mistake.

The Twittersphere had registered mixed reactions over the sanctions from Cricket Australia. Some termed the decision ‘harsh’ upon players and some went on to defend the verdict of its board.

Earlier, on March 27, the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has made clear by saying the justice will be served. However, the CA chairman David Peever maintained it was more than the technical offence.

Smith stepped down from his captaincy post which saw wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine being handed an opportunity to lead the side in South Africa.

Prominent batsman further decided to stand down from the post of captaincy for Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals.

Moreover, the 31-year-old Warner also stood down as his deputy before deciding not to lead IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Considering the latest development, the trio could feature in the grade-level cricket. The players also won’t be entertained to be available for their respective state sides.

To clarify it further, the players are barred to feature in the CA sponsored events which include burgeoning T20 league like the Big Bash League (BBL)

Interestingly, it is yet to be clarified whose idea was it to tamper the ball with sticky tape.

Recently, Smith also tendered the public apology alongside Bancroft when both admitted the folly.

Here’s how the Twitter world has reacted after the verdict from Cricket Australia broke the internet:

Here’s the newsfeed:

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor