On Tuesday, after the ban imposed by Cricket Australia to Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering during the 3rd Test against South Africa at Cape Town, Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) have raised their voice to reduce the bans on the trio. Facing media, ACA President Greg Dyer highlighted five key points in order to support his call for reducing the ban. In those five points, he subtly criticised Cricket Australia, for imposing such heavy punishment on the three cricketers.
In his conference, Dyer also said that the justice was rushed and said, "Changing the condition of the ball is the key element of the charge. It’s against the code of cricket and there is no place for it and what is in the spirit of the game is clearly important and relevant. So, Cricket Australia motivation is correct but justice which is rushed can sometime be flawed. Therefore, the players have every right to consider their position, take appropriate advice and the necessary time in doing so. The ACA has studied the history of this offence and provided a fact sheet for your information. "
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has extended his support to Australian trio Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after all of them apologised and accepted punishments handed out to them by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering saga.
An unfortunate and shameful event took place in the cricket field during the third day's play between South Africa and Australia at Newlands, Cape Town. While South Africa were batting and going quite well, Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft was caught doing something objectionable to the leather ball. Certainly, he could not have done without the consent of his captain Steven Smith and as a result, the shameful act was caught on camera and later both of them admitted it during the press conference.