Steven Smith and David Warner have been handed a suspension for a period of 12 months each by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the ball-tampering fiasco on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cameron Bancroft, who was actually caught tampering the ball, has been suspended for nine months. Apart from the suspensions, both Smith and Warner have been suspended from leading Australia for a period of two years.
As per the reports of cricket.com.au, according to CA’s code of behavior, all the sanctioned cricketers are well within the rights of challenging the verdicts and also the duration of their sanctions through a CA code of behavior hearing with the help of an independent lawyer, who can also choose whether the hearing is public or private.
Steve Smith is expected to depart to Australia on Wednesday and he will address the media upon his arrival home in Sydney. Yesterday, CA chief executive James Sutherland revealed the trio of Smith, Warner, and Bancroft were the only players responsible for the huge misconduct as none of the players or the support staff had any knowledge of the plan to intentionally tamper the cricket ball.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 28, 2018
Smith, Warner, and Bancroft were found to have breached article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct, which is directly related to being found guilty of any act which is against the spirit of the game, unbecoming of a spokesperson, harmful to the interests of the game, or bringing the game into disgrace.
The CA Board, consist of Chairman David Peever, Earl Eddings, Dr. Bob Every, John Harnden, Tony Harrison, Jacquie Hey and Michelle Tredenick, as well as former Test cricketers Mark Taylor and Michael Kasprowicz, had a meeting for two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday to determine the sanctions imposed on the guilty trio.
Mr. Sutherland also showed support for ICC Chief Executive Officer David Richardson’s comments on Sunday about the dying need of improving the standards of behavior across the boards.