Australian cricketers Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner have come under crossfire after admitting to the ball-tampering in the third test against South Africa.
Steve Smith, Australia captain and David Warner, vice-captain have stepped down from their roles and have been punished by the ICC (International Cricket Council).
Meanwhile, ICC has slapped Smith with a one-match suspension and has fined his entire match fees on Sunday. Cameron Bancroft has been fined with 75 percent of his match fees.
However, the troubles for controversy-ridden Aussies, are far from being over. Under Cricket Australia’s code of conduct, Smith and Warner may face severe punishment ranging up to a life ban for violating the norms of cricket.
Let’s have a look at top 6 developments in the Steve Smith ball-tampering controversy that has left the cricket fraternity aghast:
Embroiled in the ball-tampering controversy, Steven Smith stepped down as the skipper of Australia cricket team for the remainder of the Test series against South Africa.
Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned the incident calling it ‘beggar belief’.
“We all woke up this morning bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa,” Turnbull told reporters in Australia.
He said that it was really hard to believe that Australian cricket team had been involving in cheating and called for Cricket Australia to take appropriate steps.
David Warner, vice-captain of Australia cricket team also stepped down in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy.
“Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner, they both have decided to step down as captain and vice-captain, respectively,” said James Sutherland, CEO Cricket Australia.
“We understand that Cricket Australia and cricket fans expect a certain standard of code of conduct from cricketers who represent our nation, and on these occasions, the standards have not been met,” he added.
After Steve Smith confessed the ball-tempering conspiracy in South Africa, the ICC punished Steve Smith with a one-match suspension and fined his entire match fee.
Cameron Brancoft has been fined 75 percent of the match fees and ICC handed over three demerit points to Bancroft for breaching the Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct for players.
Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to react to the ball-tampering controversy and alleged ICC of discrimination.
When Rajiv Shukla, chairman of IPL was asked about the matter and their fate in the IPL; he said, “The BCCI and Rajasthan Royals would like to wait and see where the whole matter goes.”
The administrator also added that they were seriously concerned about the incident.