Ball-tampering Saga: Australia to launch new drive to target cheats
Australia cricket, in last year, were jerked by the infamous ball-tampering scandal resulting three of the team’s front line stars including captain and vice-captain to suffer long suspensions.
The then captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year while young Cameron Bancroft is serving nine month suspension.
On Tuesday, the sports loving nation unveiled a new national integrity body to tackle cheating and corruption in sport.
The new watchdog, Sport Integrity Australia, will combine the powers of three existing agencies, including the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), to better investigate doping, match-fixing, illegal betting, organised crime and corruption.
Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie said in a statement,
“We have seen the massive fall-out from the cricket ball-tampering scandal and the loss of belief in our national cricket team and we are determined to prevent incidents like this from happening,”
“Australian sports lovers deserve to know that the sport they watch and the teams they support are competing on a level playing field and playing fairly,” she said.
According to further revelations, it has been reported that a national sports tribunal is also to be formed to be trialled over two years, to hear anti-doping rule violations and other sports disputes.
Both Smith and Warner are currently now rehabilitating following elbow surgeries to make an international comeback before the mega ICC event of World Cup 2019.