Sacked Australia captain Steve Smith and David Warner have both been banned for 12 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday, after uncovering a web of lies told by the players after they were caught.
Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months following the scandal, which has outraged the fans, jolted the sponsors and prompted CA to send the players home from South Africa.
The trio will be allowed to compete in club cricket, but cannot take part in state or international games for the duration of their bans.
"David Warner will not be considered for team leadership positions in the future," CA said in the statement, having fingered him in developing the plot.
Smith and Bancroft will have to wait two years before they are considered for leadership roles, and even then it will "be conditional on acceptance by fans and the public," according to CA.
Each player must also complete 100 hours of community service before being considered for future selection, while it was confirmed that the cheat had been confined to the trio only, exonerating team mates and coach Darren Lehmann of any wrong-doing.
Needless to say, the entire episode has left fellow cricketers, both former as well as current, shocked, with the Australians especially at a loss for words after what has been described as one of the lowest points in Australian sport.
Let us take a look at some of their reactions on microblogging website Twitter:
I’ve woken up this morning actually gutted for Smith, Warner & Bancroft.
Yes they were involved and will be sanctioned but I’m afraid they weren’t the only ones(& I don’t think anyone else believes they were)...
I hope they get a fair trial.
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 28, 2018
What happened in South Africa is incredibly sad on so many levels but what appears clear in my view is the punishment certainly doesn’t fit the crime! — Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) March 28, 2018
Steve Smith I think is a good guy who made a huge mistake ... He needed punishing but I think this is too harsh ... Bancroft who I don’t know was led astray but deserved punishing but again too harshly IMO ... The other guy I really don’t care about ...
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2018
So with the one year ban on Smith and Warner and also a 2 year captaincy ban on both, think India will be favourites when they tour Australia later this year. Wonder, who will captain Australia at the World Cup. Aaron Finch ? — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 28, 2018
Whoa 😮 the punishment doesn’t fit the crime that’s crazy ,just woke and saw the feeds can’t ban guys for a whole year for that ,anyways breakfast,gym and beach 💪🏾🏖.
— Tino95 (@tinobest) March 28, 2018