XtraTime Web Desk: Cricket Australia is contemplating lifting the bans on tainted cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. The trio has been serving bans imposed by Cricket Australia due to their role in ball tampering during a test match against South Africa in Cape Town.
But with pressures mounting from Australian Cricketers Association, Cricket Australia may be forced to lift the bans. The development comes in the wake of the Longstaff review, which laid some of the blame for the fiasco at the door of the board.
According to Mr Kevin Roberts, the newly appointed CEO of Cricket Australia,”The ACA submission around the players’ sanctions was received by the board a few days ago.”
He added,”It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration.”
The Australian team has had a string of poor performances without Smith and Warner. The test team lost two of their last three test matches since Tim Paine took over the captaincy.
With the much anticipated series coming up against India, pressures are building on the board to overturn the bans on the three cricketers. Both the teams will meet each other in the first T2OI at the Gabba on November 21.