Former World cup winning Australian Captain Ricky Ponting believes that the lengthy ban on Former disgraced captain Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner gave a beneficial shock to the world of cricket. Smith and Warner were given 12-months ban by Australian board and nine months ban to Cameron Bancroft (The one who used sandpaper to tamper the ball) in Cape Town’s Test match during Australia’s tour of South Africa.
Ponting statement on the disgraced cricketer came after the Cowdrey lecture organised in Lord’s where the chief executive of ICC David Richardson concluded the meeting on the Spirit of cricket, and he emphasised on the ball tampering issue. It was an event of MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club), and Ponting is the member of it.
The lecture was initiated by David Richardson where he talked about the spirit of cricket. He said Cricket defines not only the skills of the cricketers but also their characters. We don’t want robots that don’t have a personality. In Cricket, you have to commit your dignity to the game. Cricket represents something more than a game and what we are seeing is not the version of it. This (Ball-Tampering, Sledging) is not what we want to project to the world.
Richardson emphasises on sandpaper gate while saying, The South Africa- Australia series was an eye-opener for us. Players should understand their responsibility. You don’t represent yourself only, but the players who played this game before you, and the next generation which will follow you. A Cricketer can never disrespect their opponents or umpire and will not try to cheat by saying others are doing the same. If you are tampering with the ball, then you are cheating, and it has to be in the same category.
Richardson concluded his words by saying, Winning must be the aim of any game but not at all costs. Who will send their kids to play cricket if they see or read about players using foul languages in the game? And we want kids to play the sports more and more to grow and develop it worldwide.
Ricky Ponting gave thumbs up to David and said, we have seen several Ball-Tampering incidents in recent years. It should not be accepted, and the way Australian cricketers were involved in the tampering act was disgraceful, so we are with the ICC stance to penalise any player who crosses the line, and this time it’ll be harsher than in the past.
I think the reverse swing has become a big issue because the pitches are getting flattered, where there is nothing for bowlers, and they have been trying to figure out new ways to survive in the contest, added Ponting.
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