Gautam Gambhir criticises the Australian board for the harsh sanctions against Warner and Smith

Gambhir sees a different angle for the harsh sanctions.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. (Photo by Gurinder Osan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Australian cricket has recently been in absolute shambles owing to the ball-tampering debacle. Subsequently, David Warner and Steve Smith have been handed a ban for a year while Cameron Bancroft, who tampered the ball, was slapped with a nine-month ban. Subsequently, Darren Lehmann, the Australian head-coach has also announced his retirement post the completion of the fourth Test.

Steve and Warner, who were part of the Rajasthan Royals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, were barred from playing in the tournament. Previously, James Sutherland, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) asked Bancroft, Smith, and Warner to leave South Africa with immediate effect. However, due to incomplete investigations, the verdict wasn’t delivered.

The sanctions were released the next day, much to the agony of the players and most importantly, the reputation of cricket in Australia. Recently, Steve Smith attended a press conference where he apologized and broke down in tears. He had his father standing behind him when he was delivering the statement. To add insult to injury, he was greeted by a hostile crowd at the Johannesburg airport while returning from South Africa.

“Let’s not label him corrupt”- Gambhir

Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir, the skipper of the Delhi Daredevils, has churned out a separate angle to the case. David Warner and Steve Smith had previously taken a stand against the Australian board for a hike in pay package, which Gambhir feels might be a reason for the harsh punishment these two have suffered. He also brought forth Ian Chappell’s alleged tussle with Don Bradman during the Kerry Packer series as a point of reference.

Meanwhile, the Indian batsman also feels that despite the fact that Smith was involved in the offence he didn’t cheat the game and was trying to win the game for Australia. Moreover, he has also expressed his concerns over Smith’s family being targeted for the issues which sent shockwaves around Australian cricket for the past few days.

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