Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Ball-tampering: Cricket Australia propose new player code

Steve Smith and David Warner David Warner and Steve Smith will not participate in this year's IPLReuters
| 07 April, 2018, 01:06

Ex-captain Smith has been banned for a year, along with former vice-captain David Warner, while opening batsman Bancroft has been suspended for nine months.

Ponting, coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Daredevils, said talk of an over aggressive attitude in the Australian dressing room had been blown out of proportion following bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

"I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me", Warner said in a tweet posted Thursday.

Cricket Australia will draw up a "charter" governing player behaviour in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the nation over the last fortnight, chairman David Peever said on Friday. President Greg Dyer laid out suggestions of how sanctions could be reduced.

"It seems it's like coming to an end, it's a good thing for the game's sake, it's a good thing for the player's sake as well, that they can try and get away from it all now".

In addition to being banned for 12 months, Warner has also been permanently barred from holding any leadership positions in the Australia team.

Australian cricket had long held itself out as an arbiter of the line between right and wrong in cricket, and had called out rivals for cheating. It would appear a 12-month ban is severe.


Smith was charged with knowledge of the potential ball-altering plot, but Warner was charged with developing it and instructing Bancroft to carry it out.

All three players have apologised and accepted responsibility in emotional press conferences after being kicked off the tour and returning home last week. Two days later, Warner also cried as he gave his first public statement about the scandal. In fact, he felt the players have already copped a bigger punishment than what should have been given if one went by the rule book.

Of the three players charged, Warner was dealt the most severe punishment for reportedly masterminding the scheme: banned for 12-months from worldwide and domestic Australian cricket, and permanently excluded from being considered for leadership positions in the future.

Warner has yet to announce whether he intends to appeal against his ban.

"The events of Cape Town have severely affected the game", he said. "And rightly so. We, as Australians, like to play the game hard and fair and our fans back in Australia expect us to play the game that way".

Former test cricketer Rick McCosker will head up a second review into the Australian player's behaviour.

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