Australian Cricketers' Association asks CA to reduce bans of Steve Smith, David Warner after report into ball-tampering

An independent review by a leading ethicist into ball-tampering said Cricket Australia put too much pressure on the players to win at all costs.

Agence France-Presse, Oct 29, 2018 16:14:35 IST

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should have their cheating bans slashed because they were put under too much pressure by administrators, the Australian Cricketers' Association said Monday.

In the wake of a scathing report about the actions of Cricket Australia in the run-up to the March "sandpaper" incident that rocked the sport, the players' union painted the three Test stars as victims of circumstance and said they should be free to take the field again at the top level.

Australian Cricketers Association asks CA to reduce bans of Steve Smith, David Warner after report into ball-tampering

File image of Steve Smith and David Warner. AFP

An independent review by a leading ethicist said the governing body put too much pressure on the players to win at all costs.

"The events in South Africa were in part a by-product of a culture and system which, amongst other things, placed too much pressure on players to win," said ACA President Greg Dyer, a former Test wicket-keeper.

"Basic fairness demands these independently verified contributing factors must now be taken into consideration and the penalties reduced."

"There must be a reconsideration of the harshness of the penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft."

The scandal involved the three players conspiring to use sandpaper to illegally alter the flight of the ball in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Then-captain Smith and his deputy Warner received a one-year ban from international and state cricket while opening batsman Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

Calls have been growing for Smith and Warner — who recently padded up in club cricket in Australia — to return to the international fold after a string of poor performances by the national team.

Updated Date: Oct 29, 2018 16:14:35 IST






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