The fate of cricketers Steve Smith and Dave Warner has been decided
The ball tampering scandal continues.
News has broken Tuesday afternoon that Cricket Australia has dismissed the players' association's appeal to have Steve Smith and David Warner's bans lifted.
The bans, in place following the ball-tampering scandal, sees Smith, the former captain and deputy Warner, banned from cricket for until March 29, 2019.
Cameron Bancroft, who used the sandpaper to alter the ball, has been banned for nine months (until December 29).
“The original decision of the Board to sanction the players was determined after rigorous discussion and consideration. 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,” interim chairman Earl Eddings said in a statement.
“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. As such, the Cricket Australia Board doesn’t intend to consider further calls for amendments to the sanctions.”
The full statement can be read here:
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