On Thursday, Australian captain Steve Smith While addressing the media in Sydney said: “I take full responsibility … There was a failure of leadership, of my leadership. I’ll do everything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it’s caused.” here is the video of him breaking down in front of media.
— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2018
Smith with David Warner and the opener Cameron Bancroft all three of them were banned by Cricket Australia over a ball-tampering scandal that has left their careers in scrap. Smith also faced humiliating scenes on Wednesday as he had to face boos and cries of “cheat” while making his way through Johannesburg airport. The 28-year-old was surrounded by many security officials who were seen holding Smith’s arms.
On Wednesday, Smith and Warner were banned from cricket for 12 months. Bancroft was whacked off with nine months ban by Cricket Australia.
Smith was charged with knowledge of a potential plan “to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball” but Warner was charged with developing the plan.
Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement “While Warner, who was the vice-captain of the Australian team, will not be considered ever for the leadership role of the national team, Smith and Cameron Bancroft would not be picked for captaincy until a minimum of 12 months after the end of their suspensions,”
Smith and Warner will also not be seen playing this year’s Indian Premier League, losing contracts worth up to $2 million each.
All three players will also be required to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.