The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) yesterday called for bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering to be lifted, saying Cricket Australia (CA) should share responsibility for the scandal following a damning report on its conduct.
The independent review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre of the ball-tampering scandal accused Cricket Australia (CA) of having an "arrogant" and "controlling" culture that led to players cheating in pursuit of victory.
Smith and Warner were suspended from worldwide and domestic cricket for 12 months and Bancroft was given a nine-month ban for their part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
'Basic fairness demands these independently verified contributing factors must now be taken into consideration and the penalties reduced'.
Cricket Australia will not reconsider reducing the ban on Smith, Warner and Bancroft in the ball-tampering case despite a series against a full-strength India awaiting them next month. It is a mentality that players believed existed during the ball- tampering scandal in South Africa.
An independent review launched in the wake of the scandal painted a grim picture of Cricket Australia's culture and what led players to make such a disgusting decision. The decision also comes in the backdrop of Peever releasing the 145-page independent review, which criticised the board by noting that CA had created a "win-at-all-costs" mentality.
Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who stood down in the wake of the scandal, also joined calls to have the bans set aside and allow the trio to return to state and global cricket.
Dyer said this "new evidence" should have an impact on the trio's bans and, given the sanctions were handed down without knowledge of the wider picture, they should be recalibrated.
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Warner and Smith were suspended from state and worldwide cricket for 12 months and Bancroft was rubbed out for nine.
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"Time heals, so for me now I'm enjoying watching them play and just want them to do well". "It's not our cricket team, it's Australia's cricket team, and I think for a little while, we lost that". It has been a year of twists and turns for Australian cricket, but surely not.
"We would obviously hope to receive more responses than that", Roberts said this morning.
But CA is holding firm on the bans, with any reductions thought unlikely.
Smith, Warner and Bancroft are the only players named in the report.
The governing body said it would accept most of the report's recommendations.
"I know that all kids watching that around Australia, in any sport, would say "now I know that if I step out of line there's going to be a heavy penalty", remarked 1999 World Cup winning captain Waugh.