In light of his role in the ball-tampering scandal, Steven Smith was handed a one-Test suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He also stepped down from the Captaincy and was fined 100 percent of his match fee after he admitted to trying to change the condition of the ball in order to gain an advantage against South Africa during the 3rd day of the Cape Town Test.Cameron Bancroft, who was in the middle of the scandal was however exempted and given 3 demerit points along with a 75% match fee fine.
David Richardson, CEO of ICC in a press release said: “The decision made by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game, risks causing significant damage to the integrity of the match, the players and the sport itself and is, therefore ‘serious’ in nature. As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended.”
Making a comment on the incident the match referee Andy Pycroft quoted, “To carry a foreign object on to the field of play with the intention of changing the condition of the ball to gain an unfair advantage over your opponent is against not only the Laws but the Spirit of the game as well.
That said, I acknowledge that Cameron has accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty to the charge and apologizing publicly. As a young player starting out in international cricket, I hope the lessons learned from this episode will strongly influence the way he plays the game during the rest of his career.”
The ongoing Test series will now be led by Tim Paine after Smith and David Warner gave up their roles in the midway owing to the scandal.