Ball-tampering scandal: Steve Smith defied orders, spoke to media and got into trouble

first_imgSacked Australia captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft’s press conference on Day 3 of the third Test between South Africa and Australia has come under scanner now.If reports are to be believed, Smith and Bancroft confessed to ball-tampering in front of the media at Newlands which shocked the cricketing world but they were not supposed to do what they did.Smith and Bancroft were advised to wait a day before going public with their confession, but wanted to be honest about what happened, Fairfax Media has reported.WATCH – Steve Smith breaks down during public apologySmith was reportedly advised to offer few details but to promise to provide more information at a later date but he defied the orders and wanted to own up to his mistake right after.It is understood that Smith was ready to go in front of the media alone but Bancroft made it clear that he wanted to join his skipper.”Today was a big mistake on my behalf and on the leadership group’s behalf” – Steve Smith #SAvAUS (@CricketAus) March 24, 2018The cricketing world was taken aback after the duo confessed to pre-planned ball-tampering with Cricket Australia’s investigation later revealing that vice-captain David Warner was also involved in the whole incident. Warner infact was alleged to have been the chief-conspirator in the scandal.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks downSmith later stepped down from captaincy on the final two days of the Cape Town Test with Tim Paine taking over. The International Cricket Council (ICC) then handed him a one-match suspension.advertisementBall-tampering scandal: Teary-eyed David Warner fails to win social media sympathyBut the public outrage in Australia put a lot of pressure on CA with even the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling the trio as cheats. The Australian board then handed out one-year bans for Smith and Warner while Bancroft got a nine-month suspension from international and domestic cricket.Steve Smith a cry baby: British media has no sympathy for fallen Australian heroThe Australian players’ union though called for a reduction in the bans handed out to the tainted trio for their part in the ball-tampering scandal, describing them as “disproportionate”.Steve Smith cries in public: Devastated for shaming cricket”The proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent,” Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer told a news conference in Sydney on Tuesday.Warner breaks down and apologises to wife and daughters”We ask that consideration be given to recalibrating the proposed sanctions, to consider options such as suspending or reducing part of the sanction. To consider allowing the players to return to domestic cricket earlier, for example, as part of their rehabilitation.”Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron BancroftThe players have until Thursday to appeal their bans, decisions Dyer believed were “imminent” but “highly personal” to be decided by the players with their own legal counsel.The trio returned to Australia at the end of last week, all three giving emotional news conferences where they accepted responsibility for their actions with none suggesting they might appeal.Smith and Warner, who were also stripped of their leadership positions, stand to lose millions of dollars in earnings with sponsors dropping them last week and the bans costing them $1.85 million Indian Premier League contracts for this season.Smith and Bancroft were banned from holding leadership positions within the Australian team for two years, while Warner will never be able to hold such a position again.The harsher penalty for Warner reflects the findings of the CA investigation which alleged the opening batsman was the chief instigator of the plot to cheat.Warner, who has said he was resigned to not playing for his country again, attracted some criticism after his news conference in Sydney on Saturday for not answering questions, instead deflecting them with a pre-prepared line.Bancroft was cast as the junior player led astray by Warner, while Smith appears to be well on his way to redemption after breaking down in tears after his arrival news conference.last_img