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Smith and Warner Banned from Cricket for One Year

Smith and Warner Banned from Cricket for One Year

Former Australian Captain and Vice Captain, Steven Smith and David Warmer are banned by Cricket Australia from playing domestic and international cricket for twelve months after being charged with ball tampering.

On Saturday, during the third match against South Africa at the Cape Town Test, Australian fielder Cameron Bancroft intentionally attempted to change the condition of the ball using a foreign object. Captain Smith and vice Captain Warner were also involved in the act. Smith even admitted that the incident happened with the consent of Aussie “leadership group”.

On Sunday ICC laid charges against the three players and announced penalties. Smith was suspended from playing the fourth test in Cape Town and was also fined 100 percent of his match fee. Bancroft was given three demerit points by ICC and was fined 75 percent of his match fee while Warner was removed from his position as the vice-captain.

Well, today Cricket Australia also announced sanctions for the players. Warner and Smith are banned from playing all international and first-class cricket for a year while Bancroft for nine months.

Moreover, Warner, who according to CA devised the plan, is banned from captaincy for the lifetime while Smith for 12 months after completion of his ban. Bancroft is also banned from captaincy for 12 months after his playing ban ends.

Both Bancroft and Smith told media that an adhesive tape was used for altering the ball while CA says that both the players lied publicly as the object originally used as sandpaper. The trio was charged with conduct contrary to the spirit of the game, conduct harmful to the interest of cricket and conduct unbecoming.

The charges were made based on following reasons:

Warner: Charged with the violation of Article 2.3.5 of the CA code of Conduct.

He developed the plan to tamper the ball, ordered Bancroft to carry out the act, held out a demonstration of the technique for Bancroft using sandpaper and mislead the authorities by trying to conceal the plan.

Smith: Charged with the violation of Article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct.

Had knowledge of the plan, didn’t try to stop the development of the plan, directed the plan’s concealment on the field after the act was caught on camera and made “misleading” public comments about the “nature, extent and participants” involved.

Bancroft: Charged with the violation of Article 2.3.5 of the CA code of Conduct.

Had knowledge of the plan, took orders from Warner to carry out of the plan, physically attempted to alter the condition of the ball, concealed evidence on the field, mislead umpires about the act and made misleading public comments along with Smith.

As I indicated yesterday, the CA Board understands and shares the anger of fans and the broader Australian community about these events,” said CA Chairman David Peever.

“They go to the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport and the penalties must reflect that.

“These are significant penalties for professional players and the Board does not impose them lightly. It is hoped that following a period of suspension, the players will be able to return to playing the game they love and eventually rebuild their careers,” he said further.

All three players were informed of the sanctions in their private rooms in the team hotel in Johannesburg on Wednesday. The players have the right to challenge the charges and the duration of penalties through a CA code of hearing with an independent Commissioner. All three players have been given seven days to consider the charges. Warner is expected to challenge the verdict while Bancroft and Smith haven’t shown such intention.

Chief executive of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland said in a statement:

“The sanctions we have announced are significant for the individuals involved. That is why the process has had to be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined. I am satisfied that the sanctions in this case properly reflect a balance between the need to protect the integrity and reputation of the game, and the need to maintain the possibility of redemption for the individuals involved, all of whom have learned difficult lessons through these events.”

Smith, Warner and Bancroft are however allowed to play club cricket till the ban ends “to maintain links with the cricket community” but are also required to give 100 hours of voluntary services to the cricket community.

Smith and Warner were also stood down from participating in the upcoming Indian Premier League.

Also Read: Bancroft, Smith to pay the price for ball-tampering act

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