Australian cricket skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have been banned from international cricket for 12 months following the ball-tampering row.
Australian cricket was thrown into turmoil on Sunday after fielder Cameron Bancroft admitted he had used sticky tape to affect the surface of the ball during the third test against the Proteas. Cricket Australia made the call following a quickfire investigation, which was carried out in the days after the high-profile cheating scandal.
While Smith and Warner got 1-year bans, Cameron Bancroft got a ban of 9 months. They are eligible to play grade level cricket but doubts persist over whether they will be able to take part in state-level cricket or not. Smith and Warner will not be able to lead any side for two years as well, as reported by Australian media.
Earlier in the week, Smith admitted he and his leadership group ordered the act, and he and deputy Warner were subsequently stood down from their captaincy roles for the remainder of the test, which the Proteas won by 322 runs.
Incidentally, after a preliminary investigation was conducted by the board, it was found out that Smith, Warner and Bancroft were the only three individuals with prior knowledge of the ball tampering plot and were stood down from the final game of the series at the Wanderers. The trio has been replaced in the squad by Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns, while Tim Paine will captain Australia in a game that they must win to earn a share of the series.
A year-long ban for Smith and Warner has ruled them out of this summer’s tour to England but they would be eligible to return in time for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, which runs from May 30, 2019, to July 14, 2019.
David Warner had stepped down from captaincy for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shikhar Dhawan is all set to take over. Earlier Steven Smith did the same but recently cut short his IPL contract for ‘security reasons’.
A public meeting is scheduled to be held once each of them reaches their hometown.