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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 24: Cameron Bancroft of Australia during day 3 of the 3rd Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Australia at PPC Newlands on March 24, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Cricket no More a Gentleman’s Game – Angad Bedi

The ball-tampering saga has surely tainted the image of not just Australian cricket but of the game as a whole.

Various personalities from around the world have had their say after the ball-tampering saga and the impact it has had on the game.

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Cameron Bancroft will serve a nine months ban. Image Courtesy: Twitter

This time it’s the Bollywood star and son of India’s legendary cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi, Angad Bedi.

The whole incident came into the reckoning when Cameron Bancroft was caught tampering the ball. Match referee and the on-field umpires then spoke to the Australian captain and Bancroft, and they both agreed to the accusation.

Steven Smith, Angad Bedi
Steven Smith will serve a one year ban. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Smith later confessed that the act was a pre-meditated plan of the leadership group.

They accepted that they were fully aware of Bancroft’s act on the field.

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Angad Bedi believes cricket is no more a gentleman’s game. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Ever since the news of his confession has come out, several former cricketers have had their say on the issue. Now ‘Tiger Zinda hai’ star said that the game is no more a ‘Gentleman’s game’.

“Whatever has happened is not correct because when you are representing your country as a captain, everybody looks up to you.

“Not just in our country, but in the entire world where cricket is played, they are worshipped, so it is important for them to become a fine ambassador of the game. They should set an example.”

“Whatever has happened is a bit sad, but Steve Smith has been a phenomenal player. However, I think it was important to set an example because sports should not be taken lightly as kids look up to the sports stars.” 

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Angad Bedi believes a film on Bishan Singh Bedi could change the way the next generation sees the game. Image Courtesy: Twitter

When asked whether he would want a film to be made on his father’s life, Angad said,

“I think he is such a great personality that the more you write on him; it will be less because he has led his life very openly and fearlessly.”

“It is also important for a person who is making a film to understand how cricketers led their life in those times. Back then, cricket was a gentleman’s game. Unfortunately not anymore. So I just feel that if you bring back that era through a film, the future generation will learn from it.”

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Pat Cummins says it was weird for everyone to not see Smith and Warner take the filed in the fourth Test match. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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SA vs AUS 2018: Pat Cummins Concedes it Was ‘Weird’ Not Seeing Smith, Warner Take Field at Jo’burg

Easily the best bowler for Australia in the ongoing series against South Africa, Pat Cummins, revealed it was unusual for him not seeing the disgraced trio of Australian cricket take the field at Johannesburg.

Australian cricket, at the moment, is mitigating with the disaster which unfolded at Newlands, Cape Town.

As a result, Australia’s leadership group feat. Steven Smith and David Warner were banned for 12 months for bringing disgrace to their culture.

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Australian cricketer David Warner listens to a question at a press conference. (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Pat Cummins, who recently clinched a five-wicket haul, claimed it was tough for him and the rest of the cricketers due to the recent events.

It’s been tough, especially those couple of days after Cape Town,But the day before the match we spoke about that it’s still a Test match for Australia, let’s find a way. We spoke about energy,” suggested Cummins.

When it started yesterday it was a bit weird not seeing Davey and Smithy and Bangers out there,” Pat Cummins told ABC Radio.

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Pat Cummins brought up his maiden half-century.

Meanwhile, bowling coach of Australia, David Saker, mentioned the focus of the team was to look after each other.

We’re trying to put in a performance that the Australian nation, and our group, are proud of. So far that hasn’t happened, but the effort’s been there and there’s no doubt in the dressing room the guys are trying their hardest,” revealed David Saker according to cricket.co.au.

Saker disclosed watching the emotional press conferences of Smith, Warner and Bancroft, affected the rest of the team.

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Watching Steve, Cameron and now David do it (apologise to the nation and break down in tears at press conferences), it’s quite upsetting for a lot of the guys,” Saker added.

It would be crazy to think that there wouldn’t be an effect: Bavuma

Further, Saker claims the trio had been a vital part of the team success for a while, and therefore, it has been difficult for the Australian team to focus on the job at hand.

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Cricketer Steve Smith reacts at a press conference at the airport in Sydney. (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Also, we’re thinking about the people that are part of our team that we’ve lost and that’s hurting a lot of people, That’s probably something that’s hard to get out of their mind while they’re playing,” concluded the bowling coach.

Temba Bavuma, who fell heart-breakingly short of his second ton at Wanderers, could relate to the mental condition of the Australian players.

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Bavuma of South Africa. Credits: Getty

It would be crazy to think that there wouldn’t be an effect. They have lost players that play a pivotal role in their success. They lost their captain and I would like to think that they depend a lot on him in all aspects of their game,” quoted Temba Bavuma.

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Cricket has been heading down a slippery slope, says Ian Chappell

In the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, Aussie captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were handed a one-year ban. It took place during the third day’s play of a penultimate Test against South Africa at the Newlands.

“As always it’s the administrators who either stuff up or are slow to react, and eventually the players suffer the consequences,” Chappell maintained.

Meanwhile, TV camera caught Cameron Bancroft who attempted to gouge the ball. However, Cricket Australia sanctioned nine-month ban on the 25-year-old Western Australian batter.

“Its (BCCI) governance in recent years has been less than inspiring. and if this latest move represents a shift in attitude among cricket administrators, then the Cape Town calamity won’t have been a complete black hole,” Chappell said.

Cricket Australia said that the ICC must cope with some of the blame.

“CA and the ICC have to accept some of the blame for the fact that cricketing behaviour worldwide has plummeted to these depths. They have consistently failed to halt the slide in on-field behaviour that has increasingly undermined the image of the game.

Ian Chappell, Australia, Steven Smith
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“This is typical cricket administration – it takes a calamitous occurrence to make them react.” All three players broke out during their respective press-conferences after returning to Australia,” Chappell added on.

Ian Chappell further added that a strong leader is the need of the hour as far as Australia is concerned. He surely needs to change the image of the team.

“Cricket has been heading down a slippery slope for a while,” Chappell said.

“In this case, the remorseful players, Smith, Warner and Bancroft, have suffered an immediate backlash, but it will be the embarrassment that follows the stigma of cheating like an ever-present shadow that will cause the lingering pain,” Chappell asserted.

Let’s hope that this instance of incredibly poor judgement proves to be a wake-up call for cricket overall and not just the three Australian players,” he concluded.

Ian Chappell, Australia, Steven Smith
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The players would be silly to appeal, says Ian Chapell

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell urged the disgraced Australian trio not to challenge the bans sanctioned by Cricket Australia (CA) in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

Also, Chappell feels CA has done Smith and Warner a favour by sidelining them until May 2019.

CA handed Warner and Smith a 12-month ban each while Cameron Bancroft has been suspended for nine months. Also, Smith and Bancroft will not lead any Australia team for the next two years while CA debarred from captaincy forever.

Ian Chappell, Steven Smith, Cricket Australia, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft
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However, as of now, all three men were considering the merits of challenging their bans at a CA Code of Behaviour hearing.

Simultaneously, Chappell maintains it would be unwise for them to do so.

The players would be silly to appeal,” he said on Channel 9’s Sports Sunday. 

As far as I’m concerned Cricket Australia has done Warner and Smith a huge favour because they’ve banned them for 12 months,” he added.

The former cricketer Ian Chappell feels that longer they stay out of the game the more chance they have of re-entering the national fold without drawing any public ire anymore.

Imagine if next summer they’re playing in Australia and they are getting booed by their home crowd,” he said. “That’s one, not going to do their confidence any good. Two, it’s not going to their rehab much good. And three, it’s not going the Cricket Australia image much good at all, so I think it’s a sensible ban,” Chappell added.

Ian Chappell, Steven Smith, Cricket Australia, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft
(Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the trio did a press conference individually after reaching Australia. They apologised for their wrongdoings and urged for forgiveness. They all acknowledge erring in Cape Town but haven’t formally accepted or challenged their charge or sanctions issued by CA.

The decisions are unlikely to come until Tuesday at the earliest. The deadline is Thursday (March 5).

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Steven Smith and David Warner to serve one-year ban each. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Mark Taylor believes there is an opportunity for Australian tainted trio

Former Australia cricketer Mark Taylor feels Australia’s banned cricketers still have opportunities to restore their legacies following the underhand tactics in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, Taylor, who is also a Cricket Australia’s (CA) board member, said the behaviour of the trio was a failure in their responsibility to the game.

However, Taylor stressed that they all can build their shattered reputations with their actions post the banned period.

CA handed Smith and Warner with 12-month suspensions, while the ball tamperer Cameron Bancroft got a nine-month ban. Also, Smith and Bancroft can’t lead any Australian team for next two years while CA debarred Warner from captaincy forever.

Meanwhile, the trio can appeal their Board-imposed sanctions until Thursday.

Mark Taylor, Steven Smith, David Warner, Australia, Cape Town, Ball Tampering, Cameron Bancroft
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Asked if there is an opportunity for Smith to restore his reputation, Taylor was clear in his response.

Absolutely,” he said on Channel Nine’s Sports Sunday. “There’s an opportunity there for all three (players). (This scandal) just shows you that there is also a responsibility to the game in all that, and unfortunately, that’s been lost this week. But having said that, that’s their short-term legacy. Their long-term legacy is they have a real opportunity to do something great for themselves,” he added.

Mark Taylor also admitted that at times you need to hit rock bottom to get better. Also, he feels that their legacy is yet to come.

Mark Taylor, Steven Smith, David Warner, Australia, Cape Town, Ball Tampering, Cameron Bancroft
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Yes they’ve been on a high, now they’re on a real low, and sometimes as they say you have to hit rock bottom to get better. Now they can start getting better. Their legacy, I hope for all three of them, is yet to come,” Taylor mentioned.

Meanwhile, the disgraced cricketers did a press conference individually upon landing back home. They apologised for their wrongdoings and promised to make up for it in future.

In conclusion, Warner hinted that he may not play for his country again.

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I don’t know how to tamper with ball and neither have I ever learned to do this: Hasan Ali

The recent ball-tampering scandal has wrecked the cricketing world during the Cape Town Test where Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to apply a foreign substance on the ball. Suspended skipper Steve Smith admitted that the leadership group had hatched a plan during the lunch interval to tamper with a ball with a yellow sand-paper. While Warner and Smith were handed a one-year suspension, Bancroft received a nine-month period.

Even head coach of the Australian team Darren Lehmann resigned from his post after the conclusion of the ongoing 4th Test at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Several world class cricketers have given their opinions on this particular incident which has been the hottest topics in the recent times. Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali shared his thoughts on the matter during a press conference.

“Look I don’t know how to tamper with the ball and neither have I ever learned to do this,” said Hasan.

However, Hasan said that it is a pretty common practice which has been done by generations after generations.

“Of course fast-bowlers do that and you can look at history for that. In cricket, this is called tactics and if you are caught then you are accused; in dry conditions, the ball gets scratched itself,” said the fast bowler.

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Hasan Ali.

Hasan has been one of the leading wicket-takers of Pakistan in international cricket in the recent times. The Windies are slated to play a three-match T20I series in Pakistan at the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The series starts from tomorrow.

He is expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming series. He will be eager to give his best and Pakistan win their first full bilateral series against a top nation. He recently bagged 12 wickets in 9 games while playing for the Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League.

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The World Simply Wants To See You Cry, Says Ravichandran Ashwin To Steve Smith

India ace Ravichandran Ashwin has delivered some words of sympathy for disgraced Australian trio Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft, and David Warner.

Cricket Australia has handed the lengthy bans to the trio in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal. Smith and Warner have been handed one-year bans while Bancroft was banned for nine months.

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Smith broke down while addressing the media in Sydney (Credits: Getty)

But while the scandal has drawn widespread criticism, many feel that the punishments dished out to the trio is harsh. The cricketing fraternity was then moved after seeing Smith and Bancroft became emotional during press-conferences.  Several players have expressed solidarity with the disgraced trio and Ashwin is the latest to raise his voice.

The Indian off-spinner took to Twitter to express his views. He also hoped the Australian cricketers could put the ball-tampering scandal behind them.

“The world simply wants to see you cry, once you have cried they will feel satisfied and live happily ever after. If only Empathy was not just a Word and people still had it. God give @stevesmith49 and Bancroft all the strength to come out of this,” tweeted Ashwin.

“And @davidwarner31 will also need the strength to fight it out, hopefully their players union will provide them with all the support,” he added.

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Australian cricketer David Warner and his family leave the airport after arriving back in Sydney on March 29, 2018. David Warner apologised on March 29 for his part in a cheating scandal that has shocked the cricketing world and seen sponsors desert the game in Australia, as disgraced skipper Steve Smith headed home to explain his role in the affair. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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David Warner set to address media on Saturday over ball tampering

Former Australia vice-captain, David Warner will hold a press conference to discuss the recent issue, Cricket Australia confirmed. Meanwhile, it is likely that Warner was the main instigator of the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the cricket world.

A CA investigation found Warner instructing Cameron Bancroft on how to scuff up one half of the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.

Meanwhile, CA banned Warner for 12 months and debarred him from holding the captain’s role ever. Bancroft received a 9-month ban while axed captain Steve Smith got 12 months ban. Also, Bancroft and Smith will lead an Australian team for the next two years.

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The drama unfolded one step further when Darren Lehmann announced his resignation post this series yesterday. However, CA gave him a clean chit in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

CA said on Friday that Warner, who arrived home separately from his former captain, would hold a formal media conference on Saturday. New South Wales Cricket’s office is likely to host the press conference.

However, Bancroft and Smith gave an emotional interview yesterday. They both broke down in front of the media and apologized to the fans.

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Warner has largely remained silent despite being a target for everybody. The southpaw, who reached the country late night addressed some local media at the airport.

As you can understand, it has been a tough, emotional time for my wife and kids,” Warner said at Sydney airport.

At the present time, you’ll hear from me in a couple of days. At the moment, my priority is to get these kids in bed, and rest up and get my mind a bit clear so I can think, and talk in a couple of days,” Warner concluded.

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A Year Ban For Ball Tampering Is A Joke : Harbhajan Singh

Just like the majority, Harbhajan Singh also feels that that punishment dished out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft by Cricket Australia in the wake of the ball tampering scandal is way too much.

The disgraced trio is paying a hefty price for their role in the scandal that took place in the Cape Town Test. On the third day of the game, Bancroft was captured using yellow tape to scruff up the ball. Once the broadcasters repeatedly aired the footage and even displayed it on the giant screen, Bancroft was seen slipping the yellow tape inside his trousers.

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Bancroft was caught red-handed while trying to change the ball’s condition(Credits: AP)

Bancroft and Smith then later revealed that the team had planned to change the ball’s condition. The ICC then banned Smith for one game and handed Bancroft three demerit points.

Cricket Australia then went a step further and handed lengthy bans to the disgraced trio. Both Steve Smith and David Warner were handed 12-month ban. On the other hand, Bancroft is banned for nine months.

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Smith broke down while addressing the media in Sydney (Credits: Getty)

But while the incident drew widespread criticism, many feel that Cricket Australia’s treatment was harsh. And Harbhajan Singh also holds the same views. The veteran spinner took to Twitter to insist that the lengthy ban is a joke.

“A year ban for ball tempering ?? That’s a joke.What kind of crime they have done ?Taking the game away from someone for a year is absolute nonsense.understand if ban was for 1 test series or 2 but this is ridiculous.hope @CricketAus reduce th ban @stevesmith49 @davidwarner31”

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Cameron Bancroft To Not Join Somerset As An Overseas Player After Ball-Tampering Scandal

Somerset have confirmed they will not allow Cameron Bancroft join them as their overseas player in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal.

On the third day of the Cape Town Test, Bancroft was captured using yellow tape to scruff up the ball. Once the broadcasters repeatedly aired the footage and even displayed it on the giant screen, Bancroft was seen slipping the yellow tape inside his trousers.

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Bancroft was caught red-handed while trying to change the ball’s condition(Credits: AP)

Later, Bancroft along with skipper Steve Smith admitted that the team had pre-planned the whole thing. The ICC handed Bancroft three demerit points. Cricket Australia then banned him for nine months. The youngster is now in for some more setback as he would not play for Somerset this year.

Bancroft was signed by the county outfit in December last year during Australia’s Ashes win over England. He was due to play at Taunton for the start of the 2018 County Championship season.

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry, said:

“I have spoken numerous times to Cameron since last Saturday, he has spoken very maturely, he shared his deep regret and apologised to everyone associated to the Club.

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Smith and Bancroft admitted to the tampering allegations (Credits: Getty)

“It’s important we remember there is a young man at the centre of all this, he made a poor choice, as I and I’m sure many of us have done during our lives. What’s important now, is Cameron is given the appropriate support. There is no doubt in my mind, he will learn from this and he will return stronger.

“I have met this morning with the CEO, Club Captain and Head Coach and with the Club’s best interests at the centre of our decision can confirm Cameron Bancroft will not be our overseas player for the 2018 season.

“We are currently undertaking the process to recruit a replacement overseas player that best fits our needs and will share an update in due course.”

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