Since the ball-tampering case has come to light, cricket fans from all over the world are slamming the cricketers who were involved in the fraud. After an extensive investigation, the authorities have found out that Cameron Bancroft, Steven Smith, and David Warner were involved in the fraud that took place in the test match in Cape Town. The cricketers went against the 2.3.5 Cricket code of conduct and an official report has been filed against them. The players have been exposed internationally and the authorities are taking strict actions.
All the three players who have been held guilty have been suspended and are asked to leave South Africa as soon as possible. As the fourth test match is yet to be played, the replacements of these three cricketers have been announced in a press conference recently. It is being said that the replacement will join the team in Johannesburg in next 24 hours.
The three players who will be replacing Smith, Warner and Bancroft are Joe Burns, Matthew Renshaw and Glenn Maxwell. Cricket Australia has even selected a new captain for the team who will be leading the team in the fourth test match. The cricketer who has been selected as the captain for the 4th test match is Tim Paine. Tim, the wicket-keeper batsman has played just 12 tests and has now been given the responsibility of the whole team as the new Test Captain.
Talking about the anger that cricket fans are showing since the incident has come to light, David Peever, the Cricket Australia’s captain said:
“We understand and share the anger of fans and the broader Australian community about the events that unfolded in Cape Town on Saturday. This issue goes beyond the technical nature of the offences and various codes of conduct. It is about the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport. Ultimately, it is about whether Australians can feel proud of their national sporting teams.”
The Cricket Australia has decided to launch an independent review to know the culture and conduct of the Australian cricketers. Here’s what the CEO of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland said:
“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.”
He also 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.”
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