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Monday, 29 October 2018

Boof joins union in backing suspension reduction


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There are renewed calls for the suspensions to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be reduced, with former Australian coach Darren Lehmann the latest to join the chorus.

Lehmann fell on his sword after the public backlash following the ball-tampering scandal at the Cape Town Test. After Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months and Bancroft was suspended for nine months from playing international and domestic cricket, Lehmann stepped down as head coach of the national team in a teary press conference.

Darren Lehmann resigns as Australian cricket coach

Now seven months after the incident, and after the release of the damning review into the culture at Cricket Australia and the state of the game in which the organisation was called upon to take "responsibility for the larger picture", Lehmann believes there's a case to be made for suspensions to be reduced. 

"I think they should be back but it’s up to the board to make that decision, not me. I think the general feeling around Australia, certainly the people I talk to, is they want them playing again, at worst domestic cricket," Lehmann told Fairfax.

"Now the findings have come down they should be reviewing the sanctions on the three players."

Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer, was first to urge a review into the bans ahead of the release of the 145-page review by The Ethics Centre.

"The ACA submission to the Longstaff Review reasoned the events in South Africa were in part a by-product of a culture and system which, amongst other things, placed too much pressure on players to win," Dyer said.

"The findings of the Longstaff Report affirm this. This is extremely significant, as there is now independent verification that the system and culture were contributing factors.

"Given this, there must be a reconsideration of the harshness of the penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

"Basic fairness demands these independently verified contributing factors must now be taken into consideration and the penalties reduced."

However CA chairman David Peever was firm in refusing to review the suspensions given to the playing trio for their roles in the ball-tampering controversy.

Scathing review calls CA 'arrogant'

"There was a full investigation and that was the outcome of the investigation," Peever said.

"The sanctions were imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process and so the sanctions stand, as I said several weeks ago."

Lehmann joins a group of high profile cricket personalities to have criticised the length of the suspensions, including Tom Moody, Steve Waugh, Moises Henriques, Dean Jones and spin king Shane Warne.

Smith and Warner have not yet spoken publicly about the ball-tampering incident, the bans or their current experiences playing grade cricket.

There are renewed calls for the suspensions to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be reduced, with former Australian coach Darren Lehmann the latest to join the chorus.

Lehmann fell on his sword after the public backlash following the ball-tampering scandal at the Cape Town Test. After Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months and Bancroft was suspended for nine months from playing international and domestic cricket, Lehmann stepped down as head coach of the national team in a teary press conference.

Darren Lehmann resigns as Australian cricket coach

Now seven months after the incident, and after the release of the damning review into the culture at Cricket Australia and the state of the game in which the organisation was called upon to take "responsibility for the larger picture", Lehmann believes there's a case to be made for suspensions to be reduced. 

"I think they should be back but it’s up to the board to make that decision, not me. I think the general feeling around Australia, certainly the people I talk to, is they want them playing again, at worst domestic cricket," Lehmann told Fairfax.

"Now the findings have come down they should be reviewing the sanctions on the three players."

Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) president Greg Dyer, was first to urge a review into the bans ahead of the release of the 145-page review by The Ethics Centre.

"The ACA submission to the Longstaff Review reasoned the events in South Africa were in part a by-product of a culture and system which, amongst other things, placed too much pressure on players to win," Dyer said.

"The findings of the Longstaff Report affirm this. This is extremely significant, as there is now independent verification that the system and culture were contributing factors.

"Given this, there must be a reconsideration of the harshness of the penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

"Basic fairness demands these independently verified contributing factors must now be taken into consideration and the penalties reduced."

However CA chairman David Peever was firm in refusing to review the suspensions given to the playing trio for their roles in the ball-tampering controversy.

Scathing review calls CA 'arrogant'

"There was a full investigation and that was the outcome of the investigation," Peever said.

"The sanctions were imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process and so the sanctions stand, as I said several weeks ago."

Lehmann joins a group of high profile cricket personalities to have criticised the length of the suspensions, including Tom Moody, Steve Waugh, Moises Henriques, Dean Jones and spin king Shane Warne.

Smith and Warner have not yet spoken publicly about the ball-tampering incident, the bans or their current experiences playing grade cricket.

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