Cricket Australia release statement after final ball tampering bans decision

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Cricket Australia (CA) has stated that all bans handed out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball-tampering against South Africa in March, will not be reduced.

Skipper at the time Smith, and then-vice captain Warner, were both handed one-year bans while Bancroft was suspended for nine months following his attempt to alter the ball with sandpaper.

CA interim chairman Earl Eddings said: “CA maintains that both the length and nature of the sanctions remain an appropriate response in light of the considerable impact on the reputation of Australian cricket, here and abroad’.

Following the third day’s play of the third test against South Africa, both Smith and Bancroft gave a press conference where they admitted their pre-meditated attempt to tamper with the ball.

CA confirmed that Bancroft was seen on camera to be rubbing a yellow tape against the ball before hiding this down the front of his trousers. This was then proved to be sandpaper.

Smith further revealed that a ‘leadership group’ had made the decision to tamper with the ball and, whilst announcing the strict penalties, CA stated that Warner was charged with putting together the plan.

He had not only instructed Bancroft to do this, but even shown the less experienced player how to do it.

The Australian Cricketers Association submitted to have bans for the three players amended, but the CA board was unanimous in its view that any such leniency was ‘not appropriate’.

Eddings added: “Steve, David and Cameron are working hard to demonstrate their commitment to cricket and have our continued support to ensure their pathway to return is as smooth as possible.

“We believe the ongoing conversation about reducing the sanctions puts undue pressure on the three players – all of whom accepted the sanctions earlier this year – and the Australian men’s cricket team.

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“As such, the Cricket Australia Board doesn’t intend to consider further calls for amendments to the sanctions.”

Bancroft’s suspension will end on December 29 and allow his participation in the T20 Big Bash League but Smith and Warner will have to wait until February before they can be considered for selection by Australia again.

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