David Warner and Steve Smith will be banned from playing for Australia for 12 months while Bancroft will face a ban for 9 months. All three of them have been sent home from the South Africa tour for their role in ball-tampering incident. ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell said that Smith had been ordered by Cricket Australia to do a press conference.
“So it’s going to be a bit of a public execution that one. I don’t know if Warner will be appearing somewhere, but the captain bears the responsibility.”
Here’s how the cricketing world reacted to this punishment:
Former Indian batsman, Mohammad Kaif said: “So with the one year ban on Smith and Warner and also a 2-year captaincy ban on both, think India will be favourites when they tour Australia later this year. Wonder, who will captain Australia at the World Cup. Aaron Finch?”
Harsha Bhogle on his Twitter account, “I must admit 12 months is a very harsh ban. 6 months I thought was right but clearly, this reflects the uproar in Australia. It means they miss the India series and have little time to get ready for the World Cup. I honestly do not believe any other country would have handed its captain and lead player a 12-month ban for attempted ball-tampering.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan also expressed his opinion, “Steve Smith I think is a good guy who made a huge mistake … He needed punishing but I think this is too harsh … Bancroft who I don’t know was led astray but deserved punishing but again too harshly IMO … The other guy I really don’t care about …”