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Australian Sports Commission Calls for Steve Smith to be Stripped of Captaincy

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 25, 2018, 1:53 PM IST
Australian Sports Commission Calls for Steve Smith to be Stripped of Captaincy

David Warner and Steve Smith (Reuters)

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According to reports, Cricket Australia (CA) have called for an emergency meeting to to decide the future of Steve Smith’s captaincy after calls for the Aussie skipper's head intensifies following the ball tampering saga.

Whilst Cricket Australia confirmed that there will be no action taken against skipper Steve Smith till their internal probe on the ball-tampering matter is over, the Australian Sports Commission has called for him to be stripped of his captaincy.

The ASC Chair John Wylie, the ASC Board and CEO Kate Palmer in a statement related to the matter have condemned any forms of cheating in the sport.

“Given the admission by Australian captain Steve Smith, the ASC calls for him to be stood down immediately by Cricket Australia, along with any other members of the team leadership group or coaching staff who had prior awareness of, or involvement in, the plan to tamper with the ball,” the ASC statement read.

“The ASC condemns cheating of any form in sport. The ASC expects and requires that Australian teams and athletes demonstrate unimpeachable integrity in representing our country.”

“The Australian cricket team are iconic representatives of our country. The example they set matters a great deal to Australia and to the thousands of young Australians playing or enjoying the sport of cricket and who look up to the national team as role models.”

Meanwhile, The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has also reacted to this scandal and had some rather harsh words questioning Smith and co.

“We all work up this morning shocked and bitterly disappointed by the news from South Africa. It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team had been involved in cheating.”

“After all, our cricketers are role models and cricket is synonymous with fair play. How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief.”

“It’s wrong, and I look forward to Cricket Australia taking decisive action soon.”

First Published: March 25, 2018, 12:24 PM IST
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