Ball Tampering Row: Steve Smith, David Warner banned for one year


In a statement Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said: "The CA Board understands and shares the anger of fans and the broader Australian community about these events". Their actions were indefendable, and they need to be severely punished.

"I am still trying to wrestle with what I think the punishment should be". There is no way you can condone it. We have made a decision to bar them from this season.

Smith looked close to tears as he was bundled through the terminal by local police after an emotional few days, which culminated in him and David Warner receiving historic 12-month bans from playing at a national or global level.

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan agrees with Warne that the punishments were too severe, although he believes CA had no other option than to make an example of the trio.

"There were considerations and views around the table that were all over the place".

Sutherland apologized during a press conference, on behalf of the organization, to both Australia and South Africa.

"When something like this happens, you definitely feel sympathy for the person it happened to", he said.

Angry and with his voice trembling at times, Australia's cricket chief announced Tuesday that team captain Steve Smith and two other players who plotted to cheat in a test in South Africa face "serious sanctions", which could end the global career of at least one of them.

Smith's next game for Australia will nearly certainly be a warm-up game for next year's World Cup in England, which is followed by an away Ashes campaign.

Some of them thought it was a courageous decision while others considered it harsh.

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He also pointed out how West Indies cricketer Andre Russell missed the 2017 edition of IPL after he was banned for a year over doping charges in January last year.

Cricket Australia's CEO James Sutherland continued to defend coach Darren Lehmann in the ball-tampering saga.

Bancroft received a nine-month ban from worldwide and provincial cricket.

CA will soon conduct an independent review into the team's culture and conduct.

According to, the investigation found Warner conceived the idea to rough up the ball with sandpaper, enlisted Bancroft to carry out the task and demonstrated how to do it.

'The investigation that was done, found only three players knew of this plan, we are satisfied with that'.

"We do respect the opposition, but we push the boundaries on the ground".

"The team has been received quite negatively in recent times and there is a need for us to change some of the philosophies".

"In Darren's defence i want to clarify, he sent a message to say 'what in the hell is going on?' He didn't use hell he used another word".