Australian Skipper Steve Smith’s apology press conference
Ball tampering scandal: Former Captain Steve Smith breaks down during an apology
The Ball tampering scandal!!!! can you think of it? Australian former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner banned from playing all formats of Cricket for one year. The Decision was made under the Australia Cricket Board (ACB) on 28th March 2018 morning.
What do you think? is the decision taken by ACB is correct? After the investigation was done by International Cricket Council(ICC) Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were Fined 100% and 75% of their match fee and suspended for the next test as well.
After this scenario, Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were sent back to Australia. A devastated Smith touched down in Sydney on Thursday night and faced a highly-charged airport press conference room.
Steve Smith stated how “Deeply sorry” he was for the incident. Later he said “I made a serious error of judgment and I take the consequences. It was a failure of my leadership. I will do everything to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused. If it can be a lesson for others, I hope I can be a force for change. Cricket is the greatest game in the world. It’s my life and I hope it can be again.”
Warner, who was identified by Cricket Australia as the architect of the events that unfolded during the third Test in Cape Town, where the three players conspired to alter the state of the ball with sandpaper, had earlier made his first public comments since also being stripped of the vice-captaincy and banned for 12 months.
Addressing “cricket fans in Australia and all over the world”, he wrote: “Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologize for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans.
Later Bancroft stated ” I want to say that I’m very sorry, I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions. It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. The thing that breaks my heart the most is that I’ve given up my spot in the team for free. People know I worked so hard to get to this point in my career and to have given up that chance for free is devastating. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation and I’m very sorry. Furter he was asked if he was pushed into tampering with the ball, he said: “I’m not going to comment on other players involved. They are my actions and I’m accountable. They don’t reflect my values. It’s something I’m ashamed of”
This Scandal also affected the Australian Cricket vastly as Coach Darren Lehmann stepped down as Head Coach and the naming rights sponsor Magellan pulling out of a major deal as naming rights to sponsor on Thursday.