‘We don’t pay you to play, we pay to win’
Incurring into the vicious ‘ball-tampering’ scandal, three top ranked Australian cricketers including captain Steven Smith has been suffering year long ban.
Now, the former Aussie superstar Steven Smith has revealed how Australian cricket authorities indulged the culture of winning into the team at any cost. He thus, revealed how Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland and Pat Howard approached to the cricketers and voiced ‘wrongly’ to inhibit the toxic culture of winning at any cost.
“I remember James Sutherland and Pat Howard coming into the rooms there and saying
‘we don’t pay you to play, we pay you to win,” Smith said as quoted by Cricket Australia website.
“For me that was a little bit disappointing. We don’t go out there to try to lose games of cricket, we go out there to try and win and play the best way we can,” he added.
Team performance chief Pat Howard was one of the investigators of Sandpaper scandal that blown away three cricketers Smith, Warner and Bancroft.
Recalling the sad phase Smith said, “The first week or so after everything went down in South Africa, that was really tough,” he said, adding, “I was pretty much curled up in a ball and in tears for a lot of it. I was struggling mentally.”
Off three, youngest member Bancroft suffered lesser scale of suspension which is nine months in term.