Things have gone from bad to worse for the Australian team as the cheating scandal escalates the pressure is mounting on the prominent names to step down from their roles. Cricket Australia head James Sutherland is already feeling the head and he is due to meet the CA’s integrity head Iain Roy today.
Both the men are expected to address the Australian public with the details of the shocking incident. As per some sources, CA can throw the book on the skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner by handing them a year ban.
Smith is already banned from the fourth Test against South Africa by ICC and a 100% match fee fine has been levied on him. After he confessed to plotting the ball-tampering plan along with his teammate Cameron Bancroft, there has been a lot of criticism of the Australian team ethics.
Team coach Lehmann has maintained his silence but according to a Daily Telegraph report, Lehmann has quit effective immediately. In an email to the fans, Sutherland said, “We are aiming to be in a position to fully update the Australian public on the investigation and outcomes on Wednesday morning.”
“We understand the strong interest everyone has in this situation and we are following due process to properly address all of the relevant issues involved.” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated Tuesday that it had been “a shocking affront to Australia” and Cricket Australia must act “decisively and emphatically”.
Speaking on the incident John Buchanan, former Australian Coach said, “It is a very difficult time for members of Australian cricket; however, I believe there is a golden opportunity to reset the dial around player and staff behaviors, actions and decision-making.”
He also urged investigators to be totally transparent with the investigation and said Smith should step down from his captaincy. The Marylebone Cricket Club said that there is a need for a major shift in attitude to preserve the game for the coming generations.
The MCC said, “The behavior of some of the players in the current South Africa/Australia series, and other incidents in recent times in the game we all cherish, has fallen well below the standard required to inspire future generations of cricket-loving families.”
Former Aussie skipper Graeme Smith was furious over the way ICC is handling the scandal. “I think the ICC missed an opportunity to really handle this properly and lead our game. They haven’t done that. You have had two players, who have admitted guilt for cheating. I think that’s huge,” he said.