Sydney, Nov 27, : Australian Cricket legend Ian Chappell has criticised Cricket Australia’s (CA’s) decision to appoint Steve Smith vice-captain.He said, “If they (CA), had cheated as an Australian captain,” and that they would have made sure that he didn’t play as a player.Chappell’s comments put the spotlight on the ball-tampering incident that occurred during the third Test against South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town in 2018.
After the scandal, Smith, his deputy David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft, the Australian skipper, were all banned for different periods.
This was later known as “Sandpapergate”.
Smith was suspended for one year.
Warner, the vice-captain at the time, was also banned for two years.Warner was also banned from leadership for life.
Chappell stated that “I wish Cricket Australia had made an immediate clean break.” However, for Cricket Australia to do anything right at the moment it was asking too much on Saturday’s 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.
“For starters, I have an issue — why is Steve Smith viewed as a different punishment than David Warner? In fact, I believe that Steve Smith’s crime is more serious.It is wrong for a captain to say that he doesn’t want to find out when cheating is involved.
Captains have to know, they’ve got to find out, and they’ve got to do something about this.Either Steve Smith is banned from captaincy for two years and David Warner has a lifetime ban.Chappell said the same thing.
Chappell stated that Cricket Australia would not have forgiven him if he had committed such indiscretions.
This probably meant that he would have to close the door on him for his entire life.
Cheating is cheating.
It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small cheating.I would have cheated as an Australian captain.I made many mistakes, but I didn’t cheat.”And if I had cheated, and had I done what Tim Paine did — I would have expected Cricket Australia not to ask me to quit and make sure I didn’t play as a player.” Chappell said.
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