Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Warner won't challenge ban over ball tampering

Warner won't challenge ban over ball tampering

The decision not to contest the 12-month long ban from cricket was met with much relief by CA, as it hopefully puts the matter to bed so that it can begin the rehabilitation process.

Former Australian captain Smith, his deputy Warner and Bancroft were found guilty of tampering with the ball in the Cape Town Test and were subsequently banned by Cricket Australia for 12 and 9 months respectively following an internal enquiry.

The review will provide recommendations to the Board of Cricket Australia.

CONSIDERED the "plotter-in-chief" in the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner on Thursday said he has "fully accepted" the sanction imposed on him by Cricket Australia, ending speculations that he may challenge the punishment.

"The culture issue for me is a really interesting thing, because if you wind the clock back a couple of months when Australia won the Ashes, there was no talk about cultural issues or problems whatsoever", said Ponting in New Delhi on Thursday (April 5).

Our investigation concluded that three players were involved.

Smith, however, was clear from the onset that he had no intention to appeal his ban.

As per the ban, he will not play global cricket for 12 months.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft were sent home from the tour after the third Test and apologised for their actions. Two days later, Warner also cried as he gave his first public statement about the scandal.

But because all three players went no further than take responsibility for their own actions, some critics speculated that there must be concealing the facts or at the very least being insincere. As announced yesterday, all have now accepted the sanctions, without appeal.

In audio obtained by ESPNcricinfo, Peever is heard on a teleconference call to the state associations on March 26 - the day after the Newlands Test concluded - making noises about wanting the game to be an encouragement to parents and their children, before lapsing into something more cynical about the public reaction to the events. "It has also been humbling to be reminded of the passion all Australians have for our great game".

Yet, multiple counties have been given encouragement over the possibility of taking Smith, whose ban does not - in theory - prevent him from playing professional cricket overseas. "And rightly so. We, as Australians, like to play the game hard and fair and our fans back in Australia expect us to play the game that way". Last Wednesday we announced proposed sanctions against those players.

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