Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ball-Tampering scandal: ACA wants ban reduced

Ball-Tampering scandal: ACA wants ban reduced

Smith, the former captain, and his deputy Warner were suspended from global and domestic cricket for 12 months and Bancroft for nine months over a plot to alter the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

The Daily Telegraph has reported Smith could return to playing as early as this month as he looks to put the ugly ball tampering scandal behind him.

The captain of the Australian cricket team, Steve Smith who was stripped of his captaincy after the tampering scandal was seen emotional and took the whole responsibility of the unethical practice on himself as a captain when he addressed to the press.

"I don't want to guide them in any way through this process, though we are supporting them".

"They unleashed The Bull and The Bull has come back to haunt them".

"To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry".

"The ACA is working strongly with the players", Dyer said.

"He gets personal. Over two or three years CA said "go and be the bull, not the reverend".

Warner has been involved in several incidents in criticizing opposition players, both on and off the pitch, over the years.

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Warner, accused by CA of being the ball-tampering mastermind who corrupted Bancroft, is likely to front an independent commissioner next week and plead his case. He believes lack of support for the former Australia vice-captain after shows the 31-year-old does not have too many friends around him. "If the sanctions were to prevent that then I think that would be a bad outcome". "One of the reasons apparently that Warner didn't answer so many questions is that he's keeping his powder dry for a tell all interview - part of the strategy that is being spearheaded by Roxy Jacenko".

Australian cricketer David Warner speaks to the media during a press conference. "That didn't need to happen".

"To be honest, I am not sure right now how I will do this, I will seek out advice and expertise to make serious changes". Let people ask you the awkward questions and answer them.

Bancroft was caught on camera trying to use yellow sandpaper to alter the ball, an offence which triggered an outpouring of criticism against the hard-nosed Australian team.

Vaughan also believes that not all the information about the ball tampering incident has been made public. "Because to be a top-class sporting person, you've got to have a lot of confidence in your own ability ... that's going to be severely eroded as a player".

Meanwhile, Vaughan also conceded that he doesn't approve of the brand of cricket Australia have played in the past couple of years.

Qantas, whose logo is prominent on the Australian team's shirts, said today it would continue its sponsorship, despite Chief Executive Alan Joyce saying on Tuesday he was, "very disappointed" with the incident.

All three men have until on Thursday to inform Cricket Australia whether they accept their punishment or will opt for a hearing, as is their right.

"They're the biggest abusers on the pitch that are playing the game at the minute".

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