After a shocking admission of ball tampering yesterday, Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner today resigned from their respective position of Captain and Vice Captain.
While stepping down from captaincy is nothing new in cricket, what makes this incident unique is the fact that they both did it in the middle of the match and that too without stepping down as playing 11 players. Further, they agreed to do it only for the remainder of the Test match.
The decision was taken after a huge outcry over yesterday’s ball tampering incident where Australian opener Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera pulling a piece of tape from his pocket and then rubbing it on the ball.
He was also seen hiding the same tape down his trousers when he was caught on camera tampering with the ball.
— Emma Sadleir (@EmmaSadleir) March 24, 2018
What was even more shameful was the fact that Australian team captain admitted to the fact and added that he along with other members of the team did it so as to gain an advantage in the match.
The confession was followed by a huge outcry on social media which in turn forced Smith and Warner to resign as team leaders. The scandal is now being investigated by Australian cricket board – Cricket Australia with world pouring outrage on this matter.
It’s not just the fans but even politicians and sports authorities and former players that want this matter to be thoroughly investigated and want Smith removed as captain permanently.
What an example! One guy caught cheating is bad enough. But Capt and 'leadership group' (ha!) planning to cheat is 10X worse. Just incredible. #balltampering
— Paul Barry (@TheRealPBarry) March 25, 2018
This is the darkest day in Australian cricket #BALLTAMPERING
— chris rogers (@chrisrogersfan_) March 25, 2018
There must be zero tolerance about this. Cheaters have no place in the game. Both ICC and CA must be strict with their actions.#BallTampering
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 25, 2018
#BallTampering is the second worst crime you can commit in Cricket. I’m flat and frustrated at the sheer stupidity.
The obvious immorality aside, who in their right mind thought they’d get away with it at that level? It’s unbelievably dumb.
People have to be sacked.
— Theo Doropoulos (@TheoDrop) March 25, 2018
Issuing statement on same, Cricket Australia said:
“Following discussions with Steve Smith and David Warner they have agreed to stand down as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively for the remainder of this Test match…Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met…”
Now that Smith and Warner both have stepped down, it would now be taken by Tim Paine.