BCCI bars Smith, Warner from this year's IPL

This video grab taken from a footage released by AFP TV shows Australia's captain Steve Smith, flankled by teammate Cameron Bancroft speaking during a press conference in Cape Town

Smith's fall from grace was sudden and steep after he captained Australia to a 4-0 Ashes rout of England a few months ago, establishing himself as the best batsman in the world with a series of outstanding performances.

Smith was rushed through the terminal by local police and security as the fall-out continued over the extraordinary ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket. The ICC had taken a lenient view of the incident and both the players were just fined and banned from one Test. Cricket Pandits were however sure that they would not be let off lightly.

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have been banned for one year by Cricket Australia (CA) following the infamous ball tampering saga in the third Test against South Africa.

"The hysteria has gone world wide, and everyone that dislikes the way the Australian cricket team has played, and over the past five or so years there have been rumblings about the way this team has gone about things, have been given the opportunity to lay the boots in".

The event took place during South Africa's innings in Newlands Test when Bancroft was spotted on the big screen holding a small yellow tape, rubbing the rough part of the ball before hiding the object inside his pants.

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Warner, whose career as an Australian player appears to be all-but over, admitted their actions had brought "distress" on the sport and its fans.

He said it was a stain on the game "we all love and I have loved since I was a boy".

I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft will be barred from representing Australia, their states and Big Bash League franchises during the bans, but will be encouraged to play grade cricket.

David Warner arrives at Cape Town International airport.

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"It's on my watch and I take responsibility for what happened last Saturday", he said referring to the incident during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

In addition to their national suspension, all three players will be barred from representing their states in the Sheffield Shield during this time and can not play in the next edition of Australia's Big Bash League.

Williamson might have welcomed the chance to join many other leading current or former players in piling on to the pugnacious Warner. Bancroft, maybe because he's an impressionable newcomer in the team, received a nine-month ban.

"Through what's eventuated in recent times, there's been a lot of emotion and energy pointed at certain players, which has gone to extreme lengths".

"David Warner will not be considered for team leadership positions in the future", CA said in the statement, having fingered him in developing the plot. They've made a grave mistake, but they are not bad people.

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He will not be allowed to captain Australia for two years, and even then, any return will depend on various factors, including public sentiment and that of the team. "We understand that everyone wants answers, but we must follow our due diligence before any further decisions are made".


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