Steve Smith Breaks Down During Apology For Ball Tampering Scandal. Former Australian skipper Steve Smith breaks down in to tear during a press conference in Sydney. The Austrailian captain took full responsibility for the ball tampering has been banned by Australian cricket board. Bancroft and David Warner have apologized for the incident but they still got banned. Australian investigation found that the incident was planned by the captain while Warner instructed Bancroft how to carry it out.
The Australian team was playing their third test of the test series against South Africa. The incident of ball tampering happened when Australia was bowling. luckily the tampering was caught on camera. Upon investigating three of Australian player including captain Steve Smith, Batsman Bancroft and David Warner were found guilty of tampering. All of the three accepted tampering and apologized in front of the media. Bancroft said to media that he will regret this for the rest of his life. He added more than he let everyone down in Australia.
Steve Smith Breaks Down During Apology For Ball Tampering Scandal
The 25 years old Bancroft who was playing his eighth test, has been banned for nine months from international cricket. Smith and Bancroft are banned for two years from captaining Australian team. Warner would not be eligible for any leadership activity of Australian team in the future. All of the three players have been sent home form the tour. Australian coach Darren Lehman was cleared by the investigation team but later on yesterday he announced that he would stand down following the current test series against South Africa.
Darren Lehman announced that he would stand down following of the current test series against South Africa
Smith in Sydney along with his father appeared in the press conference where he burst into tears while apologizing. Smith said that he does not blame anyone as he was on the watch and take full responsibility for what happened in Cape Town.
“I am deeply sorry, I love the game of cricket, I love entertaining kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love. Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you are affecting. You are affecting your parents and to see the way my old man’s been (burst into tears) and my mum it hurts. I just want to say that I am sorry for the pain I have brought to Australia and the fans and public. It is devastating and I am truly sorry”.
Many former cricketers express their thoughts on social media about the incident. Mitchell Johnson (Australian bowler) tweeted “tough to watch Cameron and Steve go through the 2 statements they just made. They will learn from this and be better in the future I am sure”.