Smith did not cheat: Ganguly

In the darkest of clouds, there lies a silver lining for Steven Smith. On Wednesday, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly delivered his support for Smith saying, whatever happened in Cape Town was not ‘cheating’ at all.

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“I sympathize with Steve Smith, he is a fantastic player and hopefully he will come back and keep scoring runs for Australia. Because I don’t think it’s cheating, actually I don’t believe it is cheating,” said Smith.

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“I just wish them (Smith, Warner and Bancroft) luck and hopefully they come back and play well. It’s not right to call it cheating, and I wish them luck, and come back and (play) well,” Ganguly later told reporters.

Former Australian captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner were handed one year ban after admitting to ‘master plan’ the ball tampering in Cape Town Test against South Africa.

Young batsman Bancroft who was caught doing so fall under lesser barometer of punishment. He has been suspended for nine months.

Both Smith and Warner said on Wednesday that they will not challenge the ban thus accepted the punishment procured by Cricket Australia.

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