Cricket Australia Refuses To Reduce Ban Period Of Steve Smith, David Warner And Cameron Bancroft

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| November 20 , 2018 , 13:01 IST

Cricket Australia on Tuesday had refused to reduce the bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following a review submitted by the players' union.

It is learnt that Smith and Warner, the former captain and vice-captain of the Australian cricket team, were banned for 12 months while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months following the role they played in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that rocked the foundations of the game.

As a result of the bans, Smith and Warner can make a comeback only after March 29, 2019, which puts them out of contention for home Tests against India that begins in December this year. Bancroft's ban will end on December 29.

According to media reports 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".

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Further, the interim chairman also 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".

"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.

It is learnt that the Australian Cricketers' Association argued that the blame attributed to CA by the independent review was grounds to have the bans lifted.

Eddings, who became chairman this month after David Peever was forced out, said the board decision was unanimous.

"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."

Since the tampering scandal, the national team has been in a form slump with some high-profile former players saying Smith and Warner should be brought back as soon as possible, to the domestic Sheffield Shield competition at least.

Others argued that the bans should stay as all three players accepted their sanctions.

"We believe the ongoing conversation about reducing the sanctions puts undue pressure on the three players -- all of whom accepted the sanctions earlier this year -- and the Australian men's cricket team," Eddings said.

"As such, the Cricket Australia board doesn't intend to consider further calls for amendments to the sanctions."

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