Just when things were going well for Cricket Australia, the ball-tampering saga struck like a stone in the flour. The bans on Steven Smith and David Warner left Australia cost dearly, as they never got the team balance right, after the incident. Meanwhile, the coach during the episode, Darren Lehmann wants a review on their ban.
Meanwhile, the respective board had issued a 12-month ban on the then skipper Steven Smith and vice-captain, David Warner for their involvement in the bizarre plot. Another player to receive the prohibition was Cameron Bancroft, who was the newbie in the team.
Cricket Australia should take a call on Steven Smith and David Warner – Darren Lehmann
Speaking to Sydney Herald, the former coach Darren Lehmann, who resigned from the respective role after the incident said the people of Australia would love to see the duo playing for the country once again.
He expressed it is the general feeling of the public to see Steven Smith and David Warner play the game again. Darren Lehmann went on to add saying at least CA should allow them to play in the domestic circuit.
“I think they should be back but it’s up to the board to make that decision, not me,” Lehmann told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I think the general feeling around Australia, certainly the people I talk to, is they want them playing again, at worst domestic cricket. Now the findings have come down they should be reviewing the sanctions on the three players.”
Currently, Steven Smith and David Warner are playing the franchise cricket across the globe, excluding the IPL. Meanwhile, on the personal front, Darren Lehmann is hopeful of making a comeback to the coaching panel once again.