Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 1 year


Most of the players and backroom staff had been interviewed by Cricket Australia's integrity chief Iain Roy, Sutherland said.

"Ultimately, it is about whether Australians can feel proud of their national sporting teams".

The punishments mean the three players can't play for their state or country for the duration of the bans, but will be able to turn out for their club cricket teams.

"Cricket Australia had no other option". A devastated Smith touched down in Sydney on Thursday night and faced a highly-charged airport press conference room. "Been thinking about my position for a while, despite telling media yesterday that I'm not resigning", he said. "I want to apologize to all Australians that these events have taken place, particularly to all the kids who love cricket and idolize the players". Listing the anomalies, the ACA pointed out that the bans imposed by CA were considerably lengthier than any that the world governing body (ICC) had handed down in the past for similar offences.

He said: "I'll say two things, three things. As a young player starting out in global cricket, I hope the lessons learned from this episode will strongly influence the way he plays the game during the rest of his career". "So, we've got to make sure we're respecting the game, its traditions, and understanding (how) the game holds itself around the world", he added. "You're affecting your parents and to see the way my old man's been, it hurts". I made a serious error of judgment and I now understand the consequences.

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It said they felt he was willing to blame them to take the heat off himself, with emotions so raw that Warner may never be welcomed back.

Later Bancroft stated " I want to say that I'm very sorry, I'm very disappointed and I regret my actions.

Bancroft, who was caught using sandpaper and sticky tape to alter the condition of the ball on the third day of the third Test in Cape Town, escaped with a fine of 75 percent of his match fee and three demerit points. Cricket has been my life and I hope it can be again. "All I can do in the short term is ask for forgiveness", Bancroft, who was close to tears, told reporters in Perth after arriving home from Johannesburg.

"I will do my best to contribute to the community". Is putting a mint in your pocket so you can shine a ball on the field pre-meditated cheating, or just ball-tampering.

The fallout from the scandal continues, with wealth management company Magellan pulling out of a sponsorship deal with Cricket Australia, while Smith has lost his endorsement deal with Australian breakfast cereal Weet-Bix and sports equipment manufacturer Asics announced it had terminated sponsorship contracts with Warner and Bancroft.