Steve Smith, who was banned for 12 months for being complicit in an act of ball tampering by Cameron Bancroft and David Warner during the Cape Town Test against South Africa has announced that he will not be contesting Cricket Australia’s decision to impose the year-long ban on him. Smith, banned from international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia, tweeted saying, “I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.”
Smith has also been banned from taking up any leadership position in the Australian team for a further twelve months after his playing ban gets over.
I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 4, 2018
Cameron Bancroft, the 25 year-old batsman who carried out the task of tampering the ball with sandpaper also tweeted saying the following:
Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down. I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support
— Cameron Bancroft (@cbancroft4) April 4, 2018
Meanwhile, Australian national selector Mark Waugh said that he would not be opposed to the idea of picking any of the three players post their respective bans had ended, but also admitted that these were ‘tough times’ for Australian cricket. On the other hand, Australian Cricketers’ Association president Greg Dyer said, “justice which is rushed can sometimes be very flawed,” while referring to Cricket Australia’s decision to impose the bans so soon after the ball tampering incident came to light.
Australia subsequently lost the Test series to South Africa 3-1.