Ball Tampering Row: Smith banned for a year, too harsh a punishment?


Photo By NAPARAZZI - STEVE SMITH, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
Photo By NAPARAZZI - STEVE SMITH, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

The Ball Tampering Controversy

The cricket world erupted in fury as snippets of footage from the Australia versus South Africa test match was making the rounds on social media. As allegations of ball tampering surrounded Australian opener, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith later admitted that the “leadership group” knew about the tampering.

“We spoke about it at Lunch and I’m not proud of it. It’s not within the spirit of the game, my integrity or the team’s integrity, the leadership group’s integrity has all come to question and rightly so. It’s not on and it certainly won’t happen again I can promise you that.” – Steven Smith in a press conference, as reported by The Indian Express

Steve Smith and David Warner later stepped down as captain and vice-captain of the Australian team. Tim Paine will now lead the team in the remainder of the test matches.

Ajinkya Rahane to Lead Rajasthan Royals

Earlier this month, Rajasthan Royals had announced Steve Smith as the team captain for IPL 2018. However, Smith has now stepped down as captain. In a recent tweet, Rajasthan Royals have revealed that Ajinkya Rahane will replace Smith as Royals captain.

Smith, Warner Banned for a Year

Cricket Australia has dealt with the matter swiftly and has handed a 12-month ban to Steve Smith and David Warner. Cameron Bancroft has been banned for 9 months. This also means that they will not the playing in the Indian Premier League and will also miss India’s tour of Australia scheduled for later this year.

Twitterati, on the other hand, have come up with mixed reactions to this news. While some are still outraged about the ball tampering, others think that the punishment is too harsh indeed.

 


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