Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has vowed to take action after skipper Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted to cheating at the end of day three at Newlands.
Speaking to media, Sutherland said further sanctions await those found to have been directly involved in the latest ball tampering controversy.
Sutherland added that a high-level team of officials had been dispatched to South Africa to undertake a probe and find out the finer details of what’s being called the biggest scandal to hit Australian cricket team in decades.
‘That can’t be the end of it, we have a responsibility to take this further and to understand more about the issue,’ an angry Sutherland said on Sunday, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
‘We are extremely disappointed and shocked at what we woke up to this morning, and we are dealing with this issue with the utmost urgency and seriousness.
‘We certainly don’t have all of the evidence at hand and we need someone to go over there and talk to the relevant people involved to understand what happened and the detail, and then we’ll make appropriate decisions as to next step,’ Sutherland said.
‘We’re in the middle of a game, and that game needs to conclude.
‘I understand that’s not necessarily the fullness of response that everyone is looking for right now, but there’s an element of a process that needs to be undertaken here.
‘By appointing our head of integrity to thisproject,, it is being dealt with as a matter of urgency and seriousness.’
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