Cricket Australia defends role in ball-tampering crisis

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08 April, 2018

"I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me", Warner said on his verified Twitter account on Thursday. "I hope that all players can successfully rebuild their career", he said.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, in his first official reaction to the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket, said the entire debate and focus on Australian team culture was an "overreaction".

The plan had been made with captain Smith's knowledge and was carried out by Bancroft‚ the most junior member of the team.

The former Australia skipper along with former vice-captain David Warner is suspended from playing first-class or worldwide cricket for his country for 12 months following the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town last month that shook the sport.

A CA investigation found Warner had hatched a plot to roughen the ball with sandpaper during the third Test at Newlands last month. Cricket Australia is reviewing whether issues like ball tampering and sledging have been part of country's cricketing culture but the straight-talking Ponting refused such perception.

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Peever acknowledged that it will take time for the three players involved in the scandal to win back the respect and trust of Australian fans. "The cultural issue is really an interesting thing for me". "It seems like it's coming to an end".

The next fixtures for the Australian national men's team come in June with a one-day worldwide series against England.

Cricket Australia is now seeking advice from a wide range of qualified individuals, firms, sporting and other organisations who may have conducted similar reviews, or have relevant experience with these sorts of issues. "I think a lot of the time, these cultural things can be blown out of proportion". World game and Australian public demanded that these players be treated in a certain way. "Now that the series is over, the players have a few weeks to get away from it all and start rebuilding what has collapsed over the last couple of weeks". The decision not to contest the 12-month long ban from cricket was met with much relief by CA, as it hopefully puts the matter to bed so that it can begin the rehabilitation process.

It has also led the sport's national administrators and the International Cricket Council to review the guidelines on what constitutes the so-called "spirit of cricket" and to make it more clear.

"Now it would appear that 12-month bans would appear to be a very severe ban".


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