1-year ban for Australia's Smith, Warner; 9 months for Bancroft: Cricket Australia

WION Web Team Australia Mar 28, 2018, 01.59 PM(IST)

A file photo of Steve Smith and David Warner. Photograph:( Twitter )

One year bans will be handed out to Steve Smith and David Warner in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. 

Cameron Bancroft will be handed a nine-month ban.

On Tuesday Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland apologised for the ball-tampering row which has engulfed the cricket world in the Australia-South Africa series.

Addressing the press conference on the ball-tampering row, Sutherland said offences go beyond technicalities.

"Only Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were aware of the ball-tampering plan," Cricket Australia's CEO said.

"All three players reported will leave South Africa on Wednesday and new replacements will come in," he added.

Sutherland also said that the coach Darren Lehmann will continue as coach of the team as he had no knowledge of the ball-tampering incident which occurred in the third Test at Cape Town on Saturday

Sutherland said the Australian coach had no knowledge of the ball-tampering incident which occurred in the third Test at Cape Town on Saturday.