Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Stance on bans highlights CA's arrogance

Stance on bans highlights CA's arrogance

The Longstaff review said the events of Newlands were not a one-off and were caused by the pervading culture of Cricket Australia which the players association called "hugely significant".

Cricket Australia stands by their original verdict of imposing bans on David Warner and Steve Smith for one year and on Cameron Bancroft for nine months.

The 145-page review also said that Cricket Australia's top brass need to take the fair share of the responsibility "for the circumstances that gave rise to the ball-tampering incident. not as a matter of direct, personal culpability but as a demonstration of responsible leadership and accountability".

"Common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced".

The reviews found the administrators were as much to blame as the players for the ball-tampering scandal that drove the game into crisis during the March tour of South Africa.

Meanwhile, former Australian Cricket Board chairman Malcolm Speed has urged Taylor to usurp chairman David Peever, who he describes as a "corporate world" figure, at CA.

"I'd love to see them back in the game but Cricket Australia has made their stance", Chris Lynn said.

The Longstaff report declared CA had been guilty of having a "winning-without-counting-the-costs" mantra, with the desire to be No.1 in all formats ultimately prompting the ball to be illegally scuffed with sandpaper against the Proteas.

Australia's former bowling coach Craig McDermott joined ex-coach Darren Lehmann in arguing that Cricket Australia must soften the bans.

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However, despite all this, the majority of respondents backed CA's heavy sanctions to Smith, Warner and Bancroft. Dyer simply said: "Let them play".

CA chairman David Peever said there is no chance that Smith and Warner will be available to return to global or domestic cricket before April 2019, while Bancroft will remain banned until next January.

"Cricket Australia, under David Peever, has overseen the destruction of the (international) image of our national game".

"I add that the ACA will be relentless".

That option would allow Smith and Warner to at least play for NSW until their global bans end on March 28.

A spokesman for Cricket Australia said they expected a dialogue with the ACA once an official submission was made and they were open to engaging with the ACA in a positive manner. When you look back on it, it was a ridiculous mistake but it was sort of blown out of all proportion as well, the way it got covered, but that's the nature of Australian sport.

"Players feel they are treated as commodities". There could have been more help but they certainly didn't just leave us hanging either.

After the board imposed the ban on the trio, the players were allowed to appeal.

Asked why so few players took part, Nicholson said some may have given their feedback to the ACA, who then contributed to the review, rather than address the survey directly. "I didn't see that in my time", he said.

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