Ball-Tampering Scandal: Steve Smith Breaks Down, Takes Full Responsibility For Incident

| March 29 , 2018 , 15:55 IST

Former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith broke down on Thursday as he apologized for his part in the ball-tampering scandal. He made his statement in a press conference held in Australia.

The 28-year-old arrived from South Africa after being stripped of the captaincy and being handed a 12-month ban for his part in the incident during the third test against South Africa in Cape Town last weekend.

“To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to Australians who are angry and disappointed, I’m sorry,” Smith told media.

“Tonight I want to make clear that as captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgement and I now understand the consequences.

“It was a failure of leadership, of my leadership, I’ll do anything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused,” he said while breaking down.

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Smith also said that he doesn’t blame anyone for what happened and took full responsibility for the incident as he was the Australian captain.

He was revered as one of the best batsmen to come out of Australia and used to be compared to the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. This duo has jostled for supremacy many times in recent years.

However, the imposed ban on the Aussie has dented his image and he will have to work even harder than before to repair it once he makes his return to cricket in 2019.

Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft also broke his silence saying he is extremely sorry for his actions.

“I want to say that I'm very sorry. I'm very disappointed and I regret my actions. It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. I lied. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation and I'm very sorry. I feel like I've let everyone down in Australia.” he said.