The expelled captain of the Australian team, Steven Smith returned to Australia after a long tour abroad. Through Twitter, he vowed to earn back the lost trust after the ball-tampering scandal. This was his first social media post after a month. He posted a selfie with his fiancée Dani and his dog Charlie along with the post.He wrote in his post that ” It’s great to be back home in Australia. I have had some time away to come to terms with everything and now it’s time to get back into it. The amount of emails and letters I have received has been incredible and I have been extremely humbled by the enormous amount of support you have given me. I now have a lot to do to earn back your trust. To my Mum, Dad and Dani you have been my rock through this and I can’t thank you enough. The family is the most important thing in the world and I thank you for your love and support”.
Smith went to the United States after his emotional press conference regarding the ball tampering scandal. On account of the intensity of the issue, he and his deputy David Warner were banned from cricketing activities for a year and were out of consideration for leadership positions for two years by Cricket Australia.
Steven Smith and David Warner were to lead Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad this IPL but their contracts were withdrawn on account of the decisions made by Cricket Australia. Darren Lehmann, the coach at the time of the outbreak of this issue stepped down from the post making way for Justin Langer to better the culture.
Tim Paine was handed the captaincy of the Australian cricket team. Bancroft, one of the partners of the sandpaper incident was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia as well. Cricket Australia ordered for the probe on the entire issue. The ball tampering incident was condemned by the Prime Minister of Australia as a threat to the fraternity of Australia.