Former captain of Australian cricket team, Steven Smith told the press that he will not challenge the 12-month ban imposed on him on account of the ball-tampering scandal in the test series against South Africa. This news rocked the cricket fans and experts worldwide. Sources reported that captain Steve Smith and David Warner were banned from international and domestic cricketing activities for 12 months. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was handed a ban of nine months from all domestic and international formats of cricket.Steven Smith expressed enthusiasm to play for Australia again but said that he is not going to challenge the sentence imposed on him. He is earning the sympathy of people on account of his emotional public apology where he broke into tears in the press conference. Warner and Bancroft were yet to come into the public to express their views about the ban. The trio has to confirm whether they want to serve the punishment period or go for a hearing till Thursday.
Speaking to the press after he returned to Australia he was broken into tears. After the press conference, Steve Smith said “I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country,” in Twitter.
“But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as captain of the team.
“I won’t be challenging the sanctions. They’ve been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them.” He added.
Smith was compared to Donald Bradman regarding his batting skills by the Australian cricket fans and was fondly called gold boy. He was the World’s number one test batsman. He lost a whopping IPL contract and sponsors on account of supporting the ball tampering by David Warner and instructing Bancroft to execute it.
The Australian cricket association demanded reduction of ban period of the trio and the president Greg Dyer said that the punishment imposed on them was more than that of other ball-tampering issues. He called for separate ICC relaxation that imposes one test match ban and stripping off the match fee of Smith. He said that the confession of the players should be considered to provide relaxation from the ban.
The British media said that Smith may play English county cricket though he was deprived of participation in the international and domestic cricket activities of Australia.