There will be no change in the status of the bans of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Cricket Australia ruled on Tuesday (November 20) after reviewing a submission lodged by the Australian Cricketers’ Association on behalf of the trio.CA interim chairman Earl Eddings said the board had “determined that it is not appropriate to make any changes to the sanctions handed down to the three players”, insisting that the bans were appropriate as it had caused a considerable impact on the reputation of Australian cricket.
”The Cricket Australia Board has carefully considered all elements of the ACA submission and has determined that it is not appropriate to make any changes to the sanctions handed down to the three players,” CA Interim Chair Earl Eddings said.
“Despite the absence of any recommendation regarding the sanctions in the recently released Ethics Centre Review, the Board has deliberated on the ACA’s submission at length. We have reconsidered the sanctions as they apply to each of Steve, David and Cameron in light of the ACA’s submission and the Ethics Centre Review and Recommendations.
Smith and Warner, then Australia’s captain and vice-captain, were banned from state and international cricket for 12 months over the incident in South Africa in March, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.
While Smith and Warner’s bans will end on 29 March 2019, which essentially puts them out of contention from the home series against India and BBL 2019, Bancroft can make a comeback after December 29.
“The original decision of the Board to sanction the players was determined after rigorous discussion and consideration. CA maintains that both the length and nature of the sanctions remain an appropriate response in light of the considerable impact on the reputation of Australian cricket, here and abroad,” Eddings said.
“Steve, David and Cameron are working hard to demonstrate their commitment to cricket and have our continued support to ensure their pathway to return is as smooth as possible.
Eddings also ruled out any further discussions with regards to the penalties being altered.
First Published: November 20, 2018, 8:17 AM IST