There’s no doubt that Cricket Australia‘s image has been tarnished following the scandalous episode of ‘ball-tampering’ during the ongoing Test rubber against South Africa. The censured trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft confessed to their crime of altering the ball condition in the Third Test and hence have been chastised. While their integrity and spirit of sports are under scrutiny, Australia’s dressing room culture has also been severely denounced. Smith broke down in his presser while Bancroft apologised being dishonest. Coach Darren Lehmann, too, couldn’t stop from gushing out the tears while announcing his resignation. But the culprits have been denounced to wit’s end. So much so, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, too, expressed his thoughts on giving them space to contemplate their malpractice.
Tendulkar, in his tweet, wrote, “They are regretting and hurting and will have to live with the consequences of their act. Spare a thought for their families as they have much to endure along with the players. Time for all of us to take a step back and give them some space.”
They are regretting and hurting and will have to live with the consequences of their act. Spare a thought for their families as they have much to endure along with the players. Time for all of us to take a step back and give them some space.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 29, 2018
Earlier, following Cricket Australia’s sanctions levied on the accused three, Tendulkar tweeted, “Cricket has been known as a gentleman’s game. It’s a game that I believe should be played in the purest form. Whatever has happened is unfortunate but the right decision has been taken to uphold the integrity of the game. Winning is important but the way you win is more important.”
Smith, Warner and Bancroft have been the cynosure of the social media since their arrival in Australia. Smith couldn’t hold himself up while apologising to the fans as he expressed, “I made a serious error of judgment and I understand the consequences.” Smith has been stripped from captaincy while Warner’s chances of becoming a captain have been terminated.
On Thursday, coach Darren Lehmann made a shocking announcement of stepping down as Australia coach after the fourth Test. As he broke down in tears, Lehmann said, “I just want to let you know this will be by my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team as I’m stepping down.”
“Saying goodbye to the players was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do,” he added.