When everyone thought everything is done and dusted after Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft appeared in the press conference and asked for forgiveness, it has become even worse after Aussie coach Darren Lehmann appeared in the press conference and with tears in his eyes, he announced his resignation as the Australian coach. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ পদত্যাগ করলেন অস্ট্রেলিয়ার কোচ লেহম্যান]
Lehmann will step down after the fourth Test against South Africa. He said that it was the events in the media with Smith and Bancroft on Thursday that prompted him to change his mind and take the call.
The Australian coach said in the press conference: “This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team as I am stepping down. After seeing events in the media today with Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the feeling is that Australian cricket needs to move forward and it is the right thing to do.”
“I really feel for Steve [Smith] as I saw him crying in front of the media and all the players are really hurting. As I have stated before, I had no prior knowledge of the incident and don’t condone what happened before.
The reason of stepping down: “This will allow Cricket Australia to make a full review into the culture of the team, and allow them to implement changes and regain the trust of the Australian public, this is the right thing for Australian cricket.”
Watch the video of Lehman’s press conference here-
He added: “Yesterday, as I said, like all Australians we are extremely disappointed, and as a team we know that so many people have been let down, and for that we are truly sorry. The players involved know that these are very serious incidents and they know that they must face the consequences. They have made a grave mistake but they are not bad people”
The toughest thing that Lehmann did in his life: “Saying goodbye to the players was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. It’s about finding our feet and playing good cricket over the next five days. It’s been an unbelievable series obviously marred by some incidences. But it’s great playing South Africa, two rival countries who play their cricket really hard.”