SPORT Cricketers and Journalists have mixed reactions over Smith, Warner and Bancroft’s ban from Cricket Australia and exclusion from respective IPL teams
After the ball tampering incident in the recently concluded test match between South Africa & Australia, Bancroft was handed a ban of 9 months while Warner & Smith were handed a 1-year ban. The camera caught something fishy going on with Bancroft which later revealed to be a plot devised by Warner & Smith to tamper with the condition of the ball.
The incident also led BCCI to remove Warner & Smith from their respective IPL teams. Replacing such huge names in their IPL Squads can prove to be a big task as they were both also the captains of their teams.
The former captain was also found to have “misled match officials and others regarding Bancroft’s attempts to artificially alter the condition of the ball” and “misleading public comments regarding the nature, extent, and participants of the plan”.
The former vice-captain Warner has been found to be responsible for “development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball”, and “instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan”.
Bancroft, 25, was charged on the basis of being party to efforts to alter the conditions of the ball, following through with his vice-captain’s instructions, following his captain’s directive to conceal the evidence and his on-field lies to the umpires.
With Smith and Warner already on their way to Australia, Wicketkeeper Tim Paine is selected to be the acting captain in the Fourth Test match of the on-going series while Darren Lehmann will continue as the coach.
Although some people are happy with this decision taken by Cricket Australia and BCCI, some of them think that the punishment doesn’t really the crime and consider it to be a little harsh. All these cricketers and people took it on Twitter to express their thoughts about the ban.
Michael Vaughan: Steve Smith I think is a good guy who made a huge mistake … He needed punishing but I think this is too harsh.
Shoaib Akhtar: Good job that Steve Smith admitted & plead guilty for. But what a waste of good captain & a great batsman.. lesson for all the cricketers to be on the right side of the game.
Harsha Bhogle: I must admit 12 months is a very harsh ban. 6 months I thought was right but clearly this reflects the uproar in Australia. It means they miss the India series and have little time to get ready for the World Cup
Mohammad Kaif: So Steve Smith is not going to captain Rajasthan Royals. Really interesting, a bit unexpected. Will David Warner too not captain Hyderabad. If it happens that way, we may have all 8 Indian Captains for the first time in IPL history.