The most awaited press conference has been done and the chief executive of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland has announced that Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will be sent back home within the next 24 hours.
On the other hand, Darren Lehmann will stay as coach and it is understand that the Aussie coach wasn’t involved in the ball tampering scandal. Wicket-keeper batsman Tim Paine has been announced as the new Test captain.
Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns has been called as replacements for the fourth Test against South Africa.
Sutherland said that the appropriate sanctions will be meted out to players once the investigations are completed. The investigations were carried out by Iain Roy, CA’s Head of Integrity, who was joined by two more from the ICC.
Sutherland said: “The preliminary findings have confirmed that prior knowledge of the incident in Cape Town was confined to only the three players reported. In view of the broader reputational and integrity issues involved, the sanctions that will be contemplated are significant. The process must therefore be thorough to ensure that all relevant issues have been examined.”
The chief executive of Cricket Australia added: “I understand the appetite for urgency given the reputation of Australia as a sporting nation has been damaged in the eyes of many. However, urgency must be balanced with due process given the serious implications for all involved. In addition to sanctions for individuals, Cricket Australia will initiate an independent review into the conduct and culture of our Australian men’s teams.”