Ball-tampering incident will haunt Smith, Warner, Lehmann forever feels Sourav Ganguly
The former India skipper shares his views on the ball-tampering incident.
Published - Mar 26, 2018 12:35 pm | Updated - Mar 26, 2018 12:35 pm
The cricket world was shocked after Australia skipper Steve Smith along with Cameron Bancroft admitted of ball-tampering during the 3rd day of the Test match. Australian fans along with Cricket Australia showed their anguish and disappointment on the incident. ICC suspended Steve Smith for one Test and fine of 100% of match fees was applied. Cameron Bancroft was fine 75% of his match fees.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly felt that the suspension of one match was a very lenient decision by the ICC. Interestingly, Smith along with vice-captain David Warner quit the captaincy mid game and Time Paine was asked to lead the side.
Ganguly while talking to Indian Today said that the decision of suspending just for 1 game was a soft decision. “I think the ban of just one match and 100 percent match fee is a bit soft,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly was of the thought that young Cameron Bancroft‘s career has been put on the line by their team and coach. Ball-tampering is not match-fixing or criminal offense but what is going to remain with Steve Smith, Darren Lehmann, David Warner and even that substitute who was in the dugout, is those walkie-talkie footages, are those instructions sent to a young cricketer to keep that sandpaper in his hand to scratch the ball. Why didn’t Steve Smith keep it? Why didn’t David Warner keep it? Why did you ask the young cricketer to do that on a cricket ball?” added Ganguly.
This incident will haunt them forever
Ganguly while saying that match-fixing was a bigger crime than this but the Australians are going to be haunted by this forever. It’s not a crime as I said. Match-fixing is a bigger crime than what has happened. It’s the perception of people what will remain that oh God! these boys are not trustworthy. That will haunt them for the rest of their careers,” said Ganguly.
Ganguly also felt that likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Darren Lehmann are going to have a tough time. Ganguly said that with Australian PM making a statement on the issue, It will be difficult for Smith, Warner, and Lehmann to continue with the side as Cricket Australia will take a stronger action against the three.