Former Australian southpaw batsman Simon Katich believes bans on Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should not get lifted. Australian Cricketer’s Association were looking to lessen the bans on these three players after the cultural report of Cricket Australia. However, the Australian board has decided the bans will stay intact on all the three players.
Steven Smith and David Warner were banned for one year whereas Cameron Bancroft had received a ban of nine months. However, as per the cultural report, Cricket Australia has also played its hand in the ball-tampering scandal. Although, it can not be denied that the three players had made a mistake.
Katich wants trio to complete their bans.
On the other hand, Simon Katich believes the public will be disappointed if the bans are uplifted. The players had accepted their chargers and should complete their respective bans.
“I think the players should see out their bans … They admitted what they did was wrong, and they blatantly cheated,” Katich told the SEN radio station.
“I think the public will be disappointed to think they could get away with what they did just because of what this review has found.
“They have to be responsible for their actions, regardless of what is going on in the background with the administrators and the culture that’s been created.”
In fact, the report has uncovered that Cricket Australia’s system and culture had played a hand in controversy. Thus, Australia Cricketer’s Association president Grey Dyer wants the trio’s bans to be uplifted.
“Given there is independent verification that CA’s system and culture were contributing factors, the ACA Executive calls for the lifting of the Board imposed penalties on Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft,” ACA president Greg Dyer said.
“We note that the Board of CA has both the power and in our view the moral obligation to do so”.
Australian cricket has suffered a lot due to the ball-tampering scandal. The players have dealt with public humiliation and it hasn’t been an easy time for them.