Ball-tampering row: Smith and Warner banned for 12 Months By Cricket Australia

Cameron Bancroft banned nine months and all three sent home

NEW DELHI: Four days on from the damning ball-tampering controversy which erupted in front of a global audience in Cape Town, Cricket Australia (CA) has banned Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner for 12 months and handed a nine-month ban to Cameron Bancroft. Warner and Smith have also been banned from captaining Australia for two years.

Steve Smith and David Warner were on Wednesday banned for one year by Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cameron Bancroft, the player caught on camera attempting to doctor the ball with a piece of tape, was also handed a nine-month ban. Smith and Warner have already stepped down from their IPL captaincy roles.

While Warner was a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad unit, Smith was a part of the Rajasthan Royals outfit.

“They (Cricket Australia) have banned two players and we are also barring these two players from this year’s IPL,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told media soon after CA announced bans on Warner, Smith and Bancroft on Wednesday.

“We wanted everything in our own hands. First, we waited for ICC’s decision, after that Cricket Australia and then we decided on the matter,” he added.

“We have decided to bar them from this season. The replacements will be made available to the two teams. We did not take any decision in haste, it was a well thought out decision,” Shukla concluded.

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The charges in full:

Cricket Australia said Smith:

  • knew of a potential plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball.
  • directed that evidence of attempted tampering be concealed on the field of play
  • failed to take steps to seek to prevent the development and implementation of that plan
  • made misleading public comments regarding the nature, extent and participants of the plan
  • sought to mislead match officials and others regarding Bancroft’s attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball

The body said Warner:

  • developed a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball
  • provided advice to a junior player regarding how a ball could be artificially altered including demonstrating how it could be done
  • failed to take steps to seek to prevent the development and/or implementation of the plan
  • instructed a junior player to carry out a plan to take steps to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper
  • misled match officials through the concealment of his knowledge of and involvement in the plan
  • failed to report his knowledge of the plan at any time prior to or during the match
  • failed to voluntarily report his knowledge of the plan after the match

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