Cricket Australia accused of creating cheating culture

Tyler Owen
November 1, 2018

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should have their cheating bans slashed because they were put under too much pressure by administrators, the Australian Cricketers' Association said Monday.

THE review into the ball tampering scandal has reportedly found that Cricket Australia's own failures contributed to the end result, which saw three players banned.

The attempt by Bancroft to use sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball during the test match, with the knowledge of Smith and Warner, caused "grief" among the Australian public, Longstaff said.

"With this new information, common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality, which we've talked about from the outset, and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced".

The three cricketers were handed bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the nation earlier this year.

The new maximum ban for ball-tampering, enacted after the incident in South Africa, to a maximum six Tests.

CA chairman David Peever said the review was a chance for the body to "look in the mirror".

"The game of cricket has got to go forward".

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"The Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands", said the review, which was released on Monday. These include chief executive James Sutherland stepping aside after 17 years, having been replaced by Kevin Roberts, while high-performance boss Pat Howard will depart next year.

Similarly, the code of ethics for Board directors is deemed "problematic" in that it does not link closely enough to CA's broader ethical framework or its code of conduct - the instrument by which Warner, Bancroft and Smith were suspended.

Warner and Smith were suspended from state and global cricket for 12 months and Bancroft was rubbed out for nine.

One Australian player declared "CA do not enjoy being challenged by commercial sponsors, players and other stakeholders".

The ACA has not ruled out contemplating legal action should its submission fail but legal sources told Fairfax Media the three men would find it hard to launch a case, particularly as they had opted to not appeal against their sentences in March.

"David is the first to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that's what's shown here", Speed added. "So the sanctions stand", said Peever. "I know that Smith will be passionate, he's still only young, he loves cricket and he's got that drive to get back there".

"We're not saying that what they did was right", Mr Nicholson said.

Cricket insiders have pointed out that potential legal action would not help improve the already dire relations between the ACA and CA, although Dyer maintains there has been a "thawing" in the toxic relationship of last year's pay dispute.

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