Steve Smith & Co admit of ball tampering during match against South Africa.
Cricketing world has been left in a shock after Australian captain Steve Smith admitted that the ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa had been started by him and other senior players.
The incident took place during South Africa’s innings on Saturday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his trousers. On Sunday, Smith and his & David Warner stood down from their respective positions in the Australian team.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) handed a one-match suspension to Smith and fined 100 percent of his match fee.
However, Cricketing legends criticized ICC’s soft punishment and blasted the ICC for being “weak” and “spineless”.
The likes of Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan and Harbhajan Singh all took to Twitter and slammed ICC for being lenient in their judgement for Smith.
Smith will miss the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg from Friday due to his ban.
However, Bancroft, the 25-year-old opening batsman, escaped an ICC suspension. He was instead fined 75 percent of his fee, warned, and hit by three demerit points.
“The decision made by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson.