The Ball tampering saga has taken a turn for the worse as the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were handed their significant sanctions by Cricket Australia which has sent shockwaves around the cricket world. Smith and Warner, who have been stripped off their captaincy roles have been banned for a year the 'pawn' Bancroft, was given nine-months.
The cricketer fraternity is in absolute shock but the particular way Smith was escorted from the airport was simply bizarre. The past and present players have mixed reactions to the scandal where plenty condemn their actions, a few feel that the 'punishment might not fit the crime'.
What astonishes more, was that Smith was flanked by security after a swarm of media surrounded the former skipper as he made through a jostling and hostile crowd at the Johannesburg airport.
The cricket fraternity took to social media to share their opinion on the ball-tampering row.
YOH those bans are heavy.— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 28, 2018
It’s just, well, it’s, WOW.
That’s life changing stuff.
That shit at the airport looked totally unnecessary though
What happened in South Africa is incredibly sad on so many levels but what appears clear in my view is the punishment certainly doesn’t fit the crime!— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) March 28, 2018
Many think the Bans are harsh (Me Included) but the precedent has now been set by CA ... They realised they had to send a message across the whole game ... With what these players will lose out on I am sure the shock wave will do its job ...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2018
Cricket has been known as a gentleman's game. It's a game that I believe should be played in the purest form. Whatever has happened is unfortunate but the right decision has been taken to uphold the integrity of the game. Winning is important but the way you win is more important— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 28, 2018
Oi Oi Oi! It’s not my business but it’s done and dusted!— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) March 29, 2018
I think 1 year is harsh! But to the 3 youngsters, y’all gonna have to live with this - reflect quickly and know there’s a lot of life ahead so don’t stop here! Feel free to come see me in Jamaica 🇯🇲 anytime! #JustSaying
"Whatever punishment and sanctions they cop, that is going to be nothing compared to what they're going to deal with for the rest of their lives," Clarke told the Nine Network. "They're going to be called cheats for the rest of their lives."
"If they'd only given six months and they'd played in the Australian summer, the booing and crowd reaction would have been so bad and it would have been very hard for the players," wrote for ESPN.
Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months on Wednesday after an investigation into the Australian cricket team's cheating scandal identified the vice-captain as the instigator of the ball tampering plan that unravelled in South Africa.
Smith and Warner have been banned from playing for Australia, or any high-level cricket in Australia, for a year. Bancroft, maybe because he's an impressionable newcomer in the team, received a nine-month ban.