Australian Cricketers Union Wants Smith, Warner Ban Reduced, Insists Punishment 'Disproportionate'

| April 3 , 2018 , 13:58 IST

Post the ball-tampering controversy that took place in the third Test match by the Australian players against South Africa last week, Australian Cricketers Union on Tuesday tagged the subsequent bans given to the guilty party as disproportionate.

They claim that the punishment is way heavier than received in previous ball-tampering cases. Disgraced former captain Smith and his deputy Warner were suspended from international and domestic cricket for 12 months and Bancroft for nine months.

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Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer on Tuesday said "Justice which is rushed can sometimes be very flawed. These proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent," he told a press conference, referring to Cricket Australia (CA) handing out its punishment so soon after the incident.

He added, "Their distressed faces have sent a message across the globe as effective as any sanctions could be. I think Australia cried with Steve Smith last Thursday, I certainly did. We consider that the players need to return to domestic cricket earlier and as part of their rehabilitation." 

As the ICC World Cup in 2019 approaches and the Ashes series as well, the support for this plea is gathering momentum. The supporters assert that the banned players need to be playing state cricket when the time for their selection eventually comes.

The players have until Thursday to decide whether to appeal the penalties imposed by CA or not.