Current and former cricketers have expressed their feelings for sacked Australian captain Steve Smith, who literally broke down at a press conference at the Sydney International Airport.
Smith and his deputy David Warner received one-year bans from Cricket Australia for ball-tampering scandal while Cameron Bancroft is banned for nine months.
After returning to Australia, all three were sorry to the whole cricket world for their deeds. Bancroft and Smith spoke to the media. Both were emotional. Smith was broken down with his father accompanying him beside.
“I say two things, or three things. Firstly, I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket, I love entertaining young kids, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love,” Smith said.
“The two other things is that, any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you’re affecting, you’re affecting your parents.
“To see the way my old man’s been … it hurts. I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve brought to Australia and the fans and the public, it’s devastating and I’m truly sorry.
“I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness, I’ve been so privileged and honoured to represent my country and captain the Australian cricket team.
“Cricket is the greatest game in the world. It’s been my life, and I hope it can be again.
“I’m sorry and I’m absolutely devastated,” he concluded.
Cricket legends including Mitchell Johnson, Kevin Pietersen and Sourav Ganguly showed their support to Smith on Twitter.
Some of the tweets-
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 29, 2018
Tough to watch Cameron & Steve go through the 2 statements they just made. They will learn from this & be better in the future I’m sure!
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 29, 2018
So very hard to watch, well done Smithy and Bangas, horrible to see the pain they are in! They did wrong but will be back bigger and better! #goodyoungmen
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) March 29, 2018
Genuine, raw and emotional. A strikingly contrite response to the hysteria, outrage and vitriol clogging up the feeds. I could barely keep it together watching that. A bad mistake won’t define for me the character I’ve seen for a decade. Good human, bad choice. Still a good human
— Peter Nevill (@pmnevill) March 29, 2018
Just seen @stevesmith49’s press conference. As a parent, I’m gutted for him & his family!
Shout me down if you want, but I’m speaking as a parent!
It will get better mate!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 29, 2018
And boy do I hope that a lot of us are completely wrong in thinking these 3 weren’t the only ones to know, cos it’ll be A WHOLE LOT WORSE for those who knew, if they did…!
I’m done on this subject now!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 29, 2018
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 29, 2018
‘Good people make mistakes’ .. I honestly think Steve Smith & Cam Bancroft are decent guys who had a moment of madness .. they deserve a 2nd chance and hopefully get the right support around them now .. Takes a lot guts to do what they did today ..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 29, 2018
Just watched Smith presser. Hope everybody has had their pound of flesh now.
— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) March 29, 2018
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 29, 2018
Hope in time I can earn forgiveness says Steve Smith.
He has already got mine.
Cricketers have done worse & never admitted their guilt.#StevenSmith
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 29, 2018
At least Steve smith has the courage to admit like a man but absolutely gutted to see Steve smith breaking down @ the press conference & also they way people treating him @ Airport & in Australia its sad ..
leave that poor chap alone now ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) March 29, 2018
A year ban for ball tempering ?? That’s a joke.What kind of crime they have done ?Taking the game away from someone for a year is absolutely nonsense.understand if ban was for 1 test series or 2 but this is ridiculous.hope @CricketAus reduce th ban @stevesmith49 @davidwarner31
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 29, 2018
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com