As Cricket Australia awaits the formal submission of the Australian Cricketers’ Association after the players’ union revealed today it would be “relentless” in its push for the lifting of bans instantly in the wake of the ball-tampering saga that shook the world. “We have seen the Australian Cricketers’ Association (statement) and note they will be making a submission to the CA Board in the next 48 hours,” a CA spokesman said today.
“We look forward to engaging directly with the ACA in a positive and constructive manner in the best interests of the game.”
So as the fate of the tainted trio hangs in doubt, it would be interesting to see if Cricket Australia budges under pressure mounted by the cricketers.
Earlier, the three cricketers were given the chance to challenge the severity of the sanctions in the aftermath of them being imposed, but all three opted to accept the penalties as outlined.
“I also make some further comments on the harshness of penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft,” Dyer said in a media release issued prior to today’s press conference.
“What the Longstaff Review reveals is that Cricket Australia itself must also take a share of responsibility for what happened in South Africa,” he added.
“Yes, this moment of madness was ‘individual’ but now there is evidence and independent verification of system failure as well.
“This is hugely significant. With this new information common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced.
“The players have already lost time in the game, chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and faced massive financial penalties.
“My message to Cricket Australia is a simple one: these contrite men have been punished enough. Let these contrite men play.
“I add that the ACA will be relentless in pursuing this end.”
Meanwhile, the series starts from November 21.
(With Cricket Australia inputs)