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Following Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft decides not to appeal ball-tampering bans

With the duo not appealing to the bans that have been imposed, it is former vice-captain and the instigator to the plan  Warner who is yet to make a decision.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: April 04, 2018 17:01 IST ]
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Cameron Bancroft has decided to not appeal to the sanctions.

Cameron Bancroft's involvement in the scandalous ball-tampering row could be the biggest tragedy in a sorry mess. Following the footsteps of former captain Steve Smith, the 25-year old opening batsman has also taken the decision to not appeal to the bans that have been sanctioned by Cricket Australia. Bancroft was banned by nine months by the board, three less than the former leaders of Smith and David Warner. 

READ: STEVE SMITH WON'T CHALLENGE THE SANCTIONS

Bancroft took to Twitter to announce that he would accept the sanctions that were handed down.

"Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down. I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support." 

Earlier in the day, former Australia captain Smith stated that he was not going to appeal against the 12-month ban imposed on him for being a part of the 'leadership group' in the ball tampering row during the recently concluded Test series in South Africa, where the visitors lost the four-match series 3-1.

"I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as captain of the team.I won't be challenging the sanctions. They've been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them," he tweeted.

Bancroft was caught red-handed by the cameraman, using a foreign object (sandpaper) to tamper with the ball during the third Test of the series. The plan did not work out, the 25-year old panicked and did the unthinkable by hiding the sandpaper in his trousers.

With the duo not appealing to the bans that have been imposed, the former vice-captain and the instigator to the plan, Warner is yet to make a decision. 

The three erring cricketers were given time till April 11 to decide whether to appeal against the sanctions which were handed down by Cricket Australia.

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