Finally! former Australian vice-captain David Warner has broken his silence on the ball-tampering scandal. A formal announcement is expected soon.
On Wednesday, Steve Smith and David Warner were banned by Cricket Australia (CA) for 12 months each for their involvement in the ball-tampering controversy that erupted last Saturday during the Cape Town Test match, while Cameron Bancroft, who had claimed he used sticky yellow tape, was banned for nine months.
He had already resigned from his duties as captain of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, while electronics giants LG also decided not to renew their contract with Australia's former vice-captain.
Warner, who is credited with coming up with the plan and showing Bancroft how to do the tampering, was also handed a one-year suspension from worldwide and domestic cricket but is hit hardest by another sanction - the fact that he will never again be considered for a leadership position.
Cricket Australia has handed skipper Smith and vice-captain Warner 12-month suspensions from global and domestic cricket following an investigation.
All three players will be permitted to play club cricket, and will be encouraged to do so, to maintain links with the cricket community.
Coach Darren Lehmann, who was cleared of having any knowledge of the tampering plan, was part of a small group of players and backroom staff to see him off. Smith was later escorted by police into Johannesburg's worldwide airport.
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Bancroft also asserted that he had not tampered with the ball before. "It is hoped that following a period of suspension, the players will be able to return to playing the game they love and eventually rebuild their careers", he said.
"I think that was accelerated by the debacle in the first Test match".
The trio will be replaced for the fourth and final Test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg by opening batsmen Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, as well as all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
Bancroft and captain Steve Smith admitted after the game that they'd cheated, and it didn't take long for the unanimous condemnation of Australia's actions to turn into a debate over how harsh their punishment should be.
"It appears to be an isolated incident but if there are any other allegations we will take them further". The players involved have been handed down very serious sanctions and they knew they must face the consequences.
Hamish Douglass, chief executive of Magellan, said: "Regrettably, these recent events are so inconsistent with our values that we are left with no option but to terminate our ongoing partnership with Cricket Australia".
The report states that Warner was the "ring-leader" of the ball-tampering scandal which took place at lunch during day three of the third Test versus South Africa.
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