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    ACA says Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft's bans should be lifted

    Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should have their bans for ball-tampering lifted after a scathing review of Cricket Australia (CA), says the Australian Cricketers' Association.

    Bancroft, Smith and Warner were suspended after the incident in March.

    But an independent review commissioned by CA found the body to be "arrogant and controlling" and partly to blame.


    "These contrite men have suffered enough. Let them play," said Greg Dyer, head of the players' union.

    Smith, captain at the time, and Warner, his vice-captain, are seven months into one-year bans, while Bancroft, who carried out the cheating in South Africa, will be eligible to return in December.

    "Given there is now independent verification that CA's system and culture were contributory factors, the ACA calls for the lifting of the board-imposed penalties on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft," added Dyer.

    "The players have already lost time in the game, lost chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and faced massive financial penalties."

    The ACA also called for the "urgent" implementation of all 42 recommendations in the 145-page report, which included complaints from those involved in the sport of a bullying culture in elite men's cricket.

    Among the recommendations was an anti-harassment code to stop sledging, and training to improve team leaders' "moral courage".

    The review condemned a "winning without counting the costs" culture that left players in a "gilded bubble".

    As well as bans for three players, it also hastened the departures of coach Darren Lehmann and CA chief executive James Sutherland.

    The governing body said it would accept most of the report's recommendations.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/46028632

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    Request is only being made as team is struggling without 3 players, they should serve the full time for their bans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Request is only being made as team is struggling without 3 players, they should serve the full time for their bans.
    Yes, it seems like losing test series and T20 whitewash haven't gone down too well in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Request is only being made as team is struggling without 3 players, they should serve the full time for their bans.
    Na mate let them come back, at least we wont face much criticism when Sharjeel is allowed back into the Pakistan side


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    CA trying all tricks to get these three back. Media backlash they'll face will be so enormous, it's not really worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Request is only being made as team is struggling without 3 players, they should serve the full time for their bans.
    Huh?

    For what?

    Nobody gets banned for ball tampering. In fact, many people say it should be legalized! Who doesn't do it?

    Nobody in the history has got banned for it and when they got banned, NO such punishment existed for it either.

    It's way over the top.

    Get them back into the team ASAP.

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    I think the humiliation is enough and they have served their ICC bans. I want to see them playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketindiafan View Post
    CA trying all tricks to get these three back. Media backlash they'll face will be so enormous, it's not really worth it.
    The backlash lasts for a day. Its forgotten quickly- the guys should be playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Request is only being made as team is struggling without 3 players, they should serve the full time for their bans.
    Rich coming from a Pakistan fan to be honest....

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    Cheats.


    Gangster rap made me do it.

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    Who has banned players for 1yr for ball tampering? No one.

    Here people are coming back after 3-6 months for doping offences for hob nobing with bookies and so on.

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    Shouldnt have been banned for more than 3 months.


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    I agree with aca . If the car culture is that way then you can't hold just the players to account the whole chain of command must be addressed .

    They have been publicly humiliated, the word cheat will remain with them for the durations of they're life times and after Everytime Smith and Warner names are mentioned in history the word cheat will also be there .
    That is a very big price to pay for what they done for sake of there country


    Let them once again publicly apologise and play

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Who has banned players for 1yr for ball tampering? No one.

    Here people are coming back after 3-6 months for doping offences for hob nobing with bookies and so on.
    Their country, their rules.

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    Their job is to help players which is what they are trying to do.

    These players humiliated their nation. Not only did they cheat , they tried to hide their offence and imo I still believe they haven't told the whole truth. Unless their bowlers have no eyesight and no feelings in their hands, how can they not know a ball has been scruffed up with sandpaper.

    If they play the Ashes again, the English fans will not give them any sympathy and rightly so.


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    The issue is that both the Official Reports blamed senior Cricket Australia management for the Win At All Costs culture. More than the players.

    Either the Chairman (David Peever) goes as well as the players, or they all get reinstated.

    But it’s appalling to have Peever retained and the players banned.

    All in or All out.

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    Allow legal tampering of the ball and let these three back in the side.

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    I think the ban should be lifted.

    They will suffer enough when coming up against England (and other sides).

    Also, no more excuses when they get beat fair and square.

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    Ain’t happening.. Not every board operates like Pakistan!

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    Everyone apart from @KingKhanWC seems to have missed the point.

    This pressure is coming from the ACA, a player’s union that has nothing to do with CA and whose job it is to promote the best interests of its paid-up members in an effort to protect them.

    That is what a trade union does - it is a non-profit organisation which provides a service in return for a fee.

    So although this will be a welcome statement for the players to hear, it does not mean anything concrete in the context of the bans that were issued by CA.

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    Harsh ban. Should be removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    Rich coming from a Pakistan fan to be honest....
    Why? All the players involved in unethical activities were banned and served full ban.

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    I say they should lift their bans.

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    I stand by what I stated when this affair broke out. The holier than thou reaction in Australia reeked of exceptionalism and these players were thrown under the bus by CA. A squalid mess from start to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Huh?

    For what?

    Nobody gets banned for ball tampering. In fact, many people say it should be legalized! Who doesn't do it?

    Nobody in the history has got banned for it and when they got banned, NO such punishment existed for it either.

    It's way over the top.

    Get them back into the team ASAP.
    I think it is because of the premeditated nature of it, where there was a plan by one or two senior players to get the junior to do it.

    It just makes it all the worse when it comes to public consumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    The issue is that both the Official Reports blamed senior Cricket Australia management for the Win At All Costs culture
    Apparently the report did not criticize them for "win at all costs" but for "win without counting the costs".

    Whatever that difference is, they were clear to specify it. Personally I have no idea what they mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Huh?

    For what?

    Nobody gets banned for ball tampering. In fact, many people say it should be legalized! Who doesn't do it?

    Nobody in the history has got banned for it and when they got banned, NO such punishment existed for it either.

    It's way over the top.

    Get them back into the team ASAP.
    Also, let's not pretend that the Australians for ages have intentionally exuded this aura for all to absorb that they themselves play better and fairer than anyone else. They play hard but fair. Well, that was a fallacy.

    And they can insult and sledge people but hey, there is a line, and who is the best arbiter of that line? Themselves apparently.
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    I think, that 12 months ban was more from sponsor's pressure. Not saying that sponsors asked CA to ban 3 players, but sports cheating is taken seriously in western world, no brand wants their ambassador or logo bearer to be associated with such act. It was a knee jerk reaction from CA to ridicule the sponsors.

    Now, the 2nd problem is, sponsors want their ambassadors & logo bearer as winners - after losing to SAF, then in ZIM, then in UAE and this team probably will lose to SAF as well; sponsors have asked for explanation and CA has said that without those 2 players, they are not hopeful for a revival of the situation - they don't have the players.

    Hence .......... if I were a betting man, I would have put money on both playing in 1st Test against IND; Smith might not go for toss (Paine is doing fine, no need to hurry either).

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Everyone apart from @KingKhanWC seems to have missed the point.

    This pressure is coming from the ACA, a player’s union that has nothing to do with CA and whose job it is to promote the best interests of its paid-up members in an effort to protect them.

    That is what a trade union does - it is a non-profit organisation which provides a service in return for a fee.

    So although this will be a welcome statement for the players to hear, it does not mean anything concrete in the context of the bans that were issued by CA.
    Yep pretty much as you have explained.

    What are your thoughts? Should CA change their stance and reduce their bans? It would look weak on their part if they were to do so and I'm not even sure the Aussie public would want their bans reduced.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Why? All the players involved in unethical activities were banned and served full ban.
    Read the quoted post. Sounds similar.... And being here long enough, I know how people stood for the "benchstrength" aspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Yep pretty much as you have explained.

    What are your thoughts? Should CA change their stance and reduce their bans? It would look weak on their part if they were to do so and I'm not even sure the Aussie public would want their bans reduced.
    No way, see the bans through til the end.

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    Simon Katich calls for trio to serve full bans

    Ex-Test batter Simon Katich has voiced his opposition to a push by the players’ union to have the bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft immediately overturned.

    Katich, who served as a player liaison manager and consultant to the Australian Cricketers’ Association during last year’s MOU negotiations when he was a strident critic of Cricket Australia, said any move to reduce the trio’s penalties would send the wrong message after they “blatantly cheated”.

    The ACA announced today that it will make a formal submission to CA calling for an immediate removal of the 12-month suspensions imposed on Smith and Warner and the nine-month ban on Bancroft as a result of information contained in the culture review released yesterday.

    However, Katich claimed he did not support the move - which would require the CA Board to overturn the sanctions put in place under the organisation’s Code of Conduct – even though he respected the ACA’s view and believed the welfare of the banned trio remained sacrosanct.

    “I think the players should see out their bans,” he told Melbourne radio station SEN, for whom he will work as a commentator during the coming Australia summer.

    “They admitted what they did was wrong, and they blatantly cheated.

    “I just don’t think shortening the bans is going to do anyone any good.

    “I think the public will be disappointed to think they could get away with what they did just because of what this (Ethics Centre culture) review has found.

    “They have to be responsible for their actions, regardless of what is going on in the background with the administrators and the culture that's been created.

    “The players still have to put their hand up – which they have – and cop the bans on the chin and do their time.

    “They'll earn a lot more respect that way than if the ban gets shortened … because, realistically, if the bans get shortened it's like the review said – it’s a win-at-all costs mentality.

    “From a welfare point of view, it would be important they can come back and play the game they love and they have done it tough.

    “But what they did, as grown men … they knew they couldn't take sandpaper out there (on the field) otherwise why were they trying to hide it down their pants?”

    A number of past players including former coach Darren Lehmann, ex-Test vice-captain Adam Gilchrist and former selection chair Rod Marsh have recently spoken in support of having the banned trio resume playing before their respective suspensions expire next year.

    Another ex-batter George Bailey, who was part of the players’ review that ran concurrently with the Ethics Centre examination, said today he felt that Australian cricket could benefit from the suspended players’ ongoing involvement at some level.

    Bailey, who will captain the Prime Minister’s XI in a one-day fixture against touring South Africa in Canberra tomorrow, stopped short of advocating the trio’s return to domestic playing ranks but believed their experience and skill could be utilised in related areas.

    “There must be a better way to handle it,” Bailey told reporters in Canberra.

    “With some of the trends we’re seeing in Australian cricket at the moment, I can’t help but think those three guys could be having a really positive impact on domestic cricket.

    “At the moment they’re playing overseas in different (T20 franchise) competitions and they could be having such a great influence on our game and our young batters.

    “They’re doing everything that’s been asked of them in terms of the community (service programs) and the ban.

    “There’s no doubt they’ve copped it on the chin and paid the penalty, and a really stiff penalty it was, but I just think there’s a way they could have a really positive influence, particularly on the domestic game, and I’d love to see that happening.”

    ACA President Greg Dyer said today the union would be “relentless” in its bid to have the suspensions – which were imposed by CA for conduct deemed contrary to the game’s spirit, not for directly tampering with the ball – overturned to allow them to return to top-level competition.

    He added that the move was driven by a resolution from the ACA Board which met hours after the review’s release yesterday, and did not come at the behest of the three players who had been advised of the union’s action.

    Dyer and ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson indicated that material contained within the 145-page Ethics Centre report overseen by Dr Simon Longstaff had shown that events in Cape Town were, in part, the product of CA’s corporate culture.

    “… below the surface, there is a web of influences – including of good intentions gone awry – that made ball-tampering more likely than not,” the Ethics Centre review found.

    “Responsibility for that larger picture lies with CA and not just the players held directly responsible for the appalling incident at Newlands.”

    The ACA claimed findings outlined in the review provided mitigating circumstances for the players’ actions in South Africa and, as a consequence, the severity of the penalties should be reduced to afford them “natural justice”.

    “We’re not saying what they did was right, and they are contrite about that,” Dyer said today.

    “What we’re saying is that their sentences, with this new evidence, now needs to be re-calibrated and reviewed.

    “It’s within the powers of the CA Board to re-look at this, they’re charged currently under the CA Code of Conduct.

    “They’ve served their ICC bans (for the ball-tampering misdemeanours) … so it’s within the role of the CA Board to re-open this.”

    However, CA’s newly installed Chief Executive Kevin Roberts reiterated the views of Chairman David Peever when he noted the three players had been the subject of a thorough investigation in the days immediately after the incident, the result of which was then considered by CA’s Board.

    The trio then opted not to exercise their rights to an appeal after the penalties were announced, and therefore no formal process existed for the suspensions to undergo further amendment.

    “There’s no provision to review the sanctions,” Roberts told SEN radio’s ‘Whateley’ program today.

    “There was an appeal mechanism that was available to the players before the sanctions were finalised, and I really empathise with each of the three players and have chatted to them in recent weeks.

    “They’re experiencing a challenging time … yes, they made a mistake and a serious mistake that had major ramifications, but that’s not easy, to say the least.

    “For that to be up in lights, in front of the Australian public, and I’m getting as many people saying to me that the sanctions are too harsh as are saying the sanctions aren’t harsh enough.

    “A deep investigation was conducted, the CA Board went through a really rigorous decision-making process that wasn’t rushed and was managed very well, I’ve got to say.

    “And they made a judgement call that was very difficult, and I accept that there will be those who agree with it and those who don’t.”

    The independent Ethics Centre review, which was voluntarily commissioned by CA to examine all elements of Australia cricket culture that might have contributed to events in Cape Town, was informed by the results of a survey completed by more than 450 people, and through individual interviews.

    The ACA provided a formal submission to the review, which produced 42 recommendations of which CA has indicated all-but-one will be either considered, are included in existing practices and protocols or are already being implemented.

    While the review sharply criticised CA’s corporate culture as being “arrogant” and “controlling”, it cited the sanctions imposed upon the three players after the Cape Town incident as positive evidence of the organisation’s commitment to its values.

    It also noted that the outcome of the often-heated MOU debate last year “may have reinforced a sense of entitlement amongst players”, although Dyer claimed it was not within the union’s charter to become involved in issues of on-field behaviour.

    “As an individual – aside from my responsibilities here at the ACA – I witnessed those behaviours over a period of time and it was very clear that on-field aggression was moving down a path that I personally wasn’t comfortable with,” Dyer said.

    “Could I have done more about that as an individual? Past players talking to players, it’s not our role.

    “As an organisation, on-field behaviour is outside the ACA’s area of concern and I don’t think the ACA has any responsibility in that area.

    “But as an individual, and in discussions with other past players, that movement down a pathway towards more and more aggressive behaviour was palpable and obvious, and could have been called earlier.”

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/simo...iew/2018-10-30

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    It was a stupid decision to ban these players to begin with. Can't belive one board van be stupid enough to put their own superstars in such situation for such small mistakes.

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    The current climate in Oz is split into a few camps.

    1) Those who point out that every other player from every other country guilty of ball tampered was hit on the wrist with a wet lettuce leaf and back playing after a couple of games. Having a winning team again ("without counting the costs"?) is perhaps also high on the agenda.

    2) Those who think the integrity of the game & review of standards within CA/national team require the bans to be upheld. Most would also like to see the current board step down, as an equal admission of guilt.

    3) Those who think the reviews recommendations point the way to a better solution. Those recommendations include closer links between national, shield and club cricket. Let the banned players play club (as I believe the currently can), and Shield cricket to repay their debt by enhancing those competitions. This seems the best way to me. They disgraced the national side, let them help its future by playing the lower levels. Let's have them prioritise club cricket over BBL appearances though.

    I fall into the third camp.

    I hope Peever & Co are sacked as the board. Iincluding Mark Taylor, what a classic "do nothing" administrator he is. Completely under the spell and unwilling, or worse, completely unaware that he even should have stood up to the corporate hacks on the board, Pat Howard etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RainMan_ View Post
    It was a stupid decision to ban these players to begin with. Can't belive one board van be stupid enough to put their own superstars in such situation for such small mistakes.
    Do you also post about how you with there could be a culture of high ethical standards across the board in Pakistan & Pakistan cricket?

    Then you must be willing to take or understand the negatives that upholding those standards requires. Your idea would perpetuate exactly the "win at all costs/win without counting the cost" mentality that led too the tampering in the first place. Just sweep it all under the rug like it would have been so silly to punish Wasim the same as the others in the Qayum era because he was such a good player?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    Rich coming from a Pakistan fan to be honest....
    So Pakistani cant comment when a player is banned?

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    Darren Lehmann calls for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft Australia bans to end

    Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has joined calls for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to have their bans set aside and be allowed to return to state and international cricket.

    Lehmann, who stood down in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that led to the trio being suspended, made his comments after the release of Monday's scathing review of the culture of the Australian game.

    Smith and Warner are some seven months into one-year bans, while Bancroft will be eligible to return in December after his suspension for attempting to tamper with the ball during a test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.

    "I think they should be back but it's up to the board to make that decision, not me," Lehmann told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    "I think the general feeling around Australia, certainly the people I talk to, is they want them playing again, at worst domestic cricket.

    "Now the findings have come down they should be reviewing the sanctions on the three players."

    Among other findings, the review found that Cricket Australia was perceived to be "arrogant and controlling" and said to view the events in South Africa as "the failure of a handful of players" would be a mistake.

    While Lehmann's view of the mood of the Australian public might be reflective of the "bubble" the review said surrounded top players, Test greats Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Doug Walters have also called for a reduction to the bans.

    The players' union has also called for the sanctions to be looked at again as, in their view, the ball-tampering in South Africa was in part the result of a "culture and system" which put too much pressure on the players to win.

    "The findings of the ... report affirm this. This is extremely significant, as there is now independent verification that the system and culture were contributing factors," ACA chief Greg Dyer said in a statement.

    "Basic fairness demands these independently verified contributing factors must now be taken into consideration and the penalties reduced."

    Test paceman Josh Hazlewood said on Monday the players would like to see former captain Smith, vice-captain Warner and batsman Bancroft back on the field.

    "We'd love to see the guys back playing as soon as possible. That's not really our decision," he told a news conference.

    "The bans have been handed down and the boys have copped them, as you'd expect. That's really out of our hands, as players."

    https://www.skysports.com/cricket/ne...ia-bans-to-end


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    These bans were over the top in the first place. Missing out on the IPL was more than enough punishment.

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    Peter Siddle says bans should stand

    Test paceman Peter Siddle wants the ball-tampering bans to remain in place, arguing the punishments will ultimately help clean up the game.

    The players' union, wielding Monday's independent report that suggested Cricket Australia (CA) should shoulder some of the responsibility for the sandpaper scandal, has presented to CA calling for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft's suspensions to be lifted immediately.

    Several high-profile former cricketers have backed the push but Siddle, who played both Tests in the UAE last month, isn't convinced.

    "You always want to see them playing cricket but I think ... the punishments are there for a reason," Siddle said on Thursday, echoing the thoughts of former Test opener and ACA consultant Simon Katich earlier this week.

    Katich calls for trio to serve full bans
    "They understood the reasons why they got those punishments so I think ... it comes down to them, obviously, serving them out, copping the penalty.

    "And it's very close to them being back. They've still been playing cricket around the world (and) staying fit."

    Earlier this year, Siddle took part in the Canadian Twenty20 competition that doubled as the first leg of Smith and Warner's comeback tour.

    "Obviously I'm close mates with them and we'd like to see them out there but, also, hopefully their punishments can be something moving forward," the Victorian veteran said.

    "Like JL (Australia coach Justin Langer) spoke about last night. Hopefully it does clean up the game and make it for the good of the game."

    Langer detailed on Fox Sports how he was sad, angry and shocked by the Cape Town saga but also highlighted how tampering is "an international problem".

    Smith and Warner's 12-month bans are due to expire on March 28 while Bancroft will be free to play from December 29.

    The trio opted against challenging those suspensions earlier this year.

    CA says its code of conduct dictates there is now no scope to revisit the sanctions.

    Australian Cricketers' Association president Greg Dyer said earlier this week that his organisation would be "relentless" in its pursuit to get the bans reduced.

    Spin king Shane Warne and former coach Darren Lehmann headline the notable names to have called for a softening of the bans but Katich is in the same camp as Siddle.

    "I just don't think shortening the bans is going to do anyone any good," Katich said earlier this week.

    "If the bans get shortened it's like the review said - it's a win-at-all costs mentality."

    Vice-captain Josh Hazlewood, who has semi-regularly bowled to Smith and Warner in the SCG nets during their time in exile, admitted on Monday he would love to see the superstars "back as soon as possible".

    "But that's not our decision," Hazlewood said.

    "The bans have been handed down and the boys have copped them."

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/pete...and/2018-11-01

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    MELBOURNE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Cricket Australia (CA) is considering a demand by the players' union that ball-tampering bans on former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft be lifted immediately, the governing body's CEO Kevin Roberts said on Wednesday.

    CA has come under pressure from the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) to end the bans following the release of the Longstaff review, which laid some of the blame for the Cape Town scandal at the door of the board.

    "The ACA submission around the players' sanctions was received by the board a few days ago," Roberts told reporters.

    "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."

    Smith and vice-captain Warner were each suspended for 12 months after the ball-tampering scandal broke in March, while opening batsman Bancroft was banned for nine months.

    The bans extend to the domestic Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.

    A depleted Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with the test team losing two of their last three matches since Tim Paine took over the captaincy in South Africa.

    The one-day team, now led by Aaron Finch, have lost their last seven including a 5-0 whitewash by England and a stinging defeat in Sunday's series-opener against South Africa in Perth.

    Amid the teams' struggles, a number of prominent cricket pundits and former players have said the ball-tampering bans were overly harsh and offered various suggestions as to how the three should be rehabilitated.

    Roberts, who was at the centre of an acrimonious pay dispute with players last year, said repairing relations with the players' union remained a top priority.

    "I think what's really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia," he said.

    "There's no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organisation hasn't been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides."

    Earlier on Wednesday, CA axed high-performance chief Pat Howard and broadcasting boss Ben Amarfio as fall-out from the Longstaff review continued.

    https://www.eurosport.co.uk/cricket/...20/story.shtml


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    Cricket Australia to give 'due consideration' to demand of lifting bans on Steve Smith, David Warner

    MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia will give "due consideration" to the Australian Cricketers Association's (ACA) demand of revoking the ball-tampering bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, said board CEO, Kevin Roberts.

    ACA has increased the pressure on CA to lift the ban on Smith and Warner ever since an independent review claimed that the 'culture' nurtured by the board contributed to the ball-tampering scandal, which rocked the nation in March.

    The scathing review said the governing body was perceived as "arrogant" and treated its elite players like commodities, allowing 'alpha-male' egos to develop a win-at-all-costs approach.

    "The ACA submission around the players' sanctions was received by the board a few days ago," Roberts told reporters.

    "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," he added.

    Smith and Warner were handed a 12-month ban while Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months, a punishment termed "harsh" by many former players.

    Australia have been struggling in the absence of Smith and Warner.

    They recently lost the Test and T20 series to Pakistan in the UAE and currently trail the home ODI series against South Africa.

    They were also blanked by England 5-0 in another ODI series.

    The relationship between CA and ACA have not been the best in recent times and repairing it is important, said Roberts.

    "I think what's really important is that we at Cricket Australia need to embrace the players and we need to make sure that the players feel a really valued part of Cricket Australia."

    "There's no doubt that we need to face up to the review and the fact that it acknowledged that the organisation hasn't been united enough across the playing and long-playing sides," added Roberts.

    After the ODI and one-off T20 against South Africa, Australia will host India for three T20s, four Tests and three ODIs starting November 21.

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/spor...r-1895585.html


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