New Delhi, April 4: Following the one year ban imposed on former Australia captain Steve Smith by Cricket Australia, the top order batsman has refused to appeal against it, saying that he was unwilling to challenge the sanctions imposed on him.
“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,” Steve Smith tweeted.
Smith came to the conclusion a day after the Australian Cricketers’ Association said that the ban imposed on the trio — which includes David Warner and Cameron Bancroft — should be reduced.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer on Tuesday said: “Justice which is rushed can sometimes be very flawed”, referring to Cricket Australia (CA) handing out its punishment so soon after the incident.
He urged a relaxation of the bans to allow the men to return to domestic action sooner, saying of the dozen or so previous cases the ACA had studied, the most severe punishment was a ban for two one-day internationals.
“These proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent,” he told a press conference.
Cricket Australia had sacked Smith and his deputy David Warner from their respective positions and later banned them for one-year each and Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months following the ball-tampering scandal that took place during the third Test against South Africa.
The ban imposed by Cricket Australia also saw Smith, Warner — who were to lead their respective franchises in the Indian Premier League 2018 — barred from taking part in the lucrative tournament by the BCCI.