‘Every cricket board is different’ – Steve Smith on Nicholas Pooran’s ball-tampering ban
Pooran was banned for four T20Is by the ICC.
Updated - Nov 18, 2019 6:05 pm
Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman was recently handed with a ban of four matches by ICC after he admitted the claim of doing ball-tampering in a game against Afghanistan during the 3rd ODI. And, now Steve Smith, the former Australian skipper, who was banned from playing cricket for one year, has expressed his point of view over such matters.
Earlier, this year, Smith marked his return to cricket after finishing the year-long ban that was imposed on him by Cricket Australia (CA). However, the International Cricket Council had banned him from one Test after he accepted that his team tried to change the condition of the ball in a Test against South Africa in March 2018.
Steve Smith opines on Nicolas Pooran’s ban for attempting ball-tampering
Steve Smith when asked about a short ban that is forced on Pooran in comparison to him for committing ball-tampering, he said that every board has its own way of treating players over such matters. He also added that it was his past and has moved on from it long ago.
“Everyone is different, every board is different, and the way they deal with certain issues. For me, I copped it on the chin … it is what it is. I don’t feel hard done by. It was a long time ago now. I’ve moved past it and I’m focusing on the present.” Smith said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
The 30-year-old also recited that Pooran is a talented individual and will learn from his mistake. He also thinks that the Caribbean wicketkeeper will go onto become a brilliant player in white-ball cricket. “I think he’ll learn from his mistake and mPoorove past it … I think he’s going to be an exceptional player in white-ball cricket.I know Nicholas, I’ve played a bit of cricket with him and he’s a talented player and someone with a bright future,” he added.
Smith went on to say that he is a human being and can commit mistakes in the future. But, being able to catch up with the errors with a better mindset is something that he has learned from life.
“Of course, I’ll still make mistakes, I’m a human being, we all do. But being able to catch yourself and the way you’re thinking is something I’ve learned and something I’ll continue to work on and continue and get better at.” the former Australian skipper told.