Cricket Australia has rejected the appeal for lifting Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft’s ball-tampering bans.
After the three players’ involvement in the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ against the Proteas in Cape Town in March, there has been multiple opinions whether the bans were fair or harsh.
Australia was heavily rocked by the scandal and that has been evident in their performances. Their poor run of form has seen ex-legends and pundits alike become vocal about whether the sentences should be shortened.
Last month, a review was released labeling CA as ‘arrogant and controlling’ and blaming this culture as responsible for the players’ behaviour.
As a result the Australian Cricketers’ Association submitted an appeal to get the bans lifted.
Stand-in CA chairman Earl Eddings chairman dismissed the appeal.
‘CA maintains that both the length and nature of the sanctions remain an appropriate response in light of the considerable impact on the reputation of Australian cricket, here and abroad,’ he said.
‘Steve, David and Cameron are working hard to demonstrate their commitment to cricket and have our continued support to ensure their pathway to return is as smooth as possible.’
Bancroft’s ban for attempting to alter the ball with sandpaper will expire on 29 December. Smith and Warner’s ends on 29 March.
‘We believe the ongoing conversation about reducing the sanctions puts undue pressure on the three players – all of whom accepted the sanctions earlier this year –and the Australian men’s cricket team,’ said Eddings.
‘As such, the Cricket Australia board doesn’t intend to consider further calls for amendments to the sanctions.’