Australia’s players union has called for reduction of bans for Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town. Former captain and vice captain was handed 12 months ban while Bancroft was given nine months suspension.
Terming the penalties as ‘disproportionate’, Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer told, “The proposed penalties are disproportionate relative to precedent.”
“We ask that consideration be given to recalibrating the proposed sanctions, to consider options such as suspending or reducing part of the sanction.
“To consider allowing the players to return to domestic cricket earlier, for example, as part of their rehabilitation.”
“I think Australia cried with Steve Smith last Thursday. I know I certainly did,” Dyer added. “We ask for this extraordinary contrition to be taken into account by Cricket Australia just as it would be in any fair and proper process.”
All the suspended cricketers have time span until Thursday to appeal for the ban but none of them hinted they might appeal against the bans.
Top Australian performers Smith and Warner stood to lose millions of dollars for sponsors left them apart after the scandal and both of them also stripped off from Indian Premier League contracts this season which also cost around 41.85 million.
Former vice captain David Warner fall under stricter penalties who will never be able to hold Australia’s leadership position.