Unless you have been living under a rock you would have heard about the the Australian cricket team and the ball tampering fiasco that occurred during the 3rd test in South Africa. Pre meditated cheated in what is suppose to be a gentlemen’s game is a disgrace but I think the bigger disgrace is how the Australian media has acted.
Cricket Australia has a duty to protect the integrity of the sport in this country but they are a major part of the problem, the have allowed a toxic culture to grow with the game. They have pushed a win at all costs mentality because winning is great for business but when the team has decided to dig deep into that at all costs part they have not stood behind there team, they have thrown them to the wolves. What should be an in house issue has become a media circus. If you compare Cricket Australia to Cricket South Africa who no matter what happens always back there players publicly and probably go to far on occasion with not accepting ICC findings on bans and challenging them. Cricket Australia has done the opposite and said to the public Smith, Warner and Bancroft are on there own and CA is distancing themselves from the players to save the almighty dollar.
In regards to the bans applied by CA they are way to harsh, if you look at them in the context of past incidences of ball tampering in international cricket. Consider the below
In 2016, footage emerged of Faf du Plessis using a mint to help shine the ball after South Africa’s crushing win over Australia in Hobart.
The ICC charged him with ball tampering. Du Plessis maintained his innocence and even appealed, but the South African skipper had three demerit points on his record.
He already had a history of ball tampering. In 2013 Du Plessis was caught rubbing the ball on the zipper of his pants pocket, and umpires awarded a five run penalty against the Proteas.
Smith has been suspended from competition for a year by Cricket Australia.
Du Plessis later pleaded guilty to ball tampering and was fined 50 percent of his match fee.
In 2014, South African paceman Vernon Philander was captured by cameras scratching the ball in a test in Sri Lanka. He was fined 75 percent of his match fee.
And in 2010, stand-in Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi was caught trying to bite and chew the seam of the ball in Perth. He was found guilty of ball tampering and banned from two Twenty20 International matches.
On top of there lost CA salaries for the next 12 months Warner and Smith with lose over 2 million dollars each in IPL contracts this year alone.
On top of the 12 month bans there is no guarantee they will even return to state cricket let alone international cricket in 12 months time. The lost sponsors will not be back, the follow on effects to this will last 2-5 years if not there lifetime. They will forever be labelled cheats and they will have to deal with that
Vote and share you thoughts in the comments below but I think CA went way over the top based on past ball tamperers. The Australians did that bad of a job the umpires did not even change the ball. The ICC were not even going to suspend Bancroft for 1 game.