Cricket Australia have put an end to all speculations – off- late and have clearly sated that the year-long bans handed out to Steve Smith and David Warner after the ball tampering fiasco in South Africa in March, will stand.
In recent days, owing in no small measure to the Australian team’s poor on-field performances, there had been a growing clamour for the bans to be reduced in length.
It would have allowed the duo as well as batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was given a nine-month ban, to return to competitive cricket earlier than stipulated.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) had made a submission in this regard, to which Cricket Australia responded in negative.
“The Cricket Australia Board has carefully considered all elements of the ACA submission and has determined that it is not appropriate to make any changes to the sanctions handed down to the three players,” interim chairman Earl Eddings said in a statement.