The cricket fraternity on Sunday said that it would be investigating the case involving Steve Smith and then take nessecary action. Steve Smith dubbed his first act of reckless behaviour on a cricket field as a “brain fade” moment and after finding himself in hot water again after admitting to planned ball-tampering, the 28-year-old referred to it as a “big mistake”. At the time, Smith got away scot-free but this time his position as the Australian cricket team captain seems untenable. Smith and team-mate Cameron Bancroft sensationally admitted to ball-tampering charges during the third Test against South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town.
This calls for Smith’s resignation from all quarterswith each passing minute despite Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland saying the 28-year-old would continue to lead the side. Fans and former players have called on Smith to step down immediately. Cricket fans hoping for a swift resolution to the Australian Test team’s ball-tampering admissions in South Africa won’t get it. Cricket Australia said Sunday it will send an investigative team to Cape Town immediately to look into all aspects of the case before deciding what action to take, and that could take several days. The skipper and the batsman have been under heavy scrutiny and the Australian board will begin their probe. The skipper might be on the end of the line after his ‘disgraceful’ actions may see him sacked.
Calling it a “very sad day for Australian cricket,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he was “extremely disappointed and shocked” by the news from the third Test on Saturday.
“Australian cricket fans want to be proud of their cricket team,” Sutherland said. “I feel this morning they have every reason to wake up and not be proud of the team.”
“One of the unique things about the game of cricket, is it is to be played not only within the laws of the game, but in the spirit of the game. And, activities on the field yesterday, are neither within the laws of the game or the spirit of the game.”