Australia cricket captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner stepped down from their roles amid a ball-tampering issue.
The raging scandal has outraged the cricketing world and threatens a far more damaging fallout for one of the game’s most exalted teams.
While many former cricketers criticised ICC’s one-match ban on Smith as being too mild, sources told that Cricket Australia, facing a massive outrage at home, is likely to announce “exemplary punishment” — which could even be a life ban — for the “leadership group” in the team. The ICC also fined batsman Cameron Bancroft, the man tasked with doing the tampering, 75% of his match fee and three disciplinary demerit points.
The scandal brought back memories of Smith’s “brain fade” episode during Australia’s tour of India last year. The captain had illegally sought the help of his dressing room on whether to review the on-field umpire’s decision