New Delhi: If you’re a cricket follower then no conversation can topple the #sandpapergate as of now. From the time it was revealed, to Steve Smith admitting the wrongdoing and the sanctions given out to those involved, every step has been part of debate and discussion. With cricket’s integrity at stake, Cricket Australia (CA) did not hesitate to punish their finest players with stringent punishments. It evoked a mixed reaction from people, while some called it “harsh” others said it was “fair”.
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar also weighed in with his thoughts and he described that CA has taken the “right decision” in banning the national team captain Smith and his deputy David Warner for one year and young opener Cameron Bancroft suspended for nine months after being found guilty of ball-tampering against South Africa during the third Test in Cape Town.
“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,” Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter handle.
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
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 28, 2018
After CA declared its verdict, Smith and Warner were also barred by BCCI from playing in the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League. Both the players had themselves stepped down from captaincy roles for their respective franchises before the verdict was announced by CA.
Earlier, ICC had banned Smith for one Test match and fined his full match fee, while awarding three demerit points to Bancroft while confiscating 75% of his match fee.
While Tendulkar feels that the ban is the right decision, his longtime nemesis Shane Warne felt that the quantum of punishment didn’t match the crime.
“Let’s take the emotion out of it. We are all feeling angry and embarrassed. But you need a level head and you shouldn’t destroy someone unless they deserve to be destroyed. Their actions were indefendable, and they need to be severely punished. But I don’t think a one-year ban is the answer,” Warne wrote in his Facebook post.
While sympathising with the banned players, Warne dragged Tendulkar in the conversation by reminding even the greats of the game have been caught in the act.