The former Australian skipper Steve Smith confirmed on Wednesday that he will not be appealing against Cricket Australia’s sanctions that suspends him from playing International as well as domestic cricket for a period of twelve months.
The suspended skipper, who is also precluded to hold any leadership role for a further 12 months after his playing suspension elapses took to social media on Wednesday to express his opinion about a possible appeal against the ban.
I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 4, 2018
Smith is first of the trio banned in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal during the Newlands Test, to have challenged the sanctions levied by the CA. The other two in Warner (12 months) and Bancroft (9 months) are yet to file their appeal for their respective ban.
Earlier, Cricket Australia has confirmed hearings over the Level-3 charges or the sanctions issued to the trio-if needed- on Wednesday week.