India’s cricket stars Shot at Smith punishment

New Delhi: India’s celebrity cricketers have been astonished at the treatment meted out to former Australian captain Steve Smith who abandoned him tearfully apologising for cheating at a Test match.

The cricket institution in India, the sport’s financial power, has avoided any public opinion about the scandal engulfing Australia. “Fears run deep about any potential modifications to the game which earns so much,” said one official.

The one-piece bans against Smith and teammate David Warner, that rule them out of their Indian Premier League, are unlikely to stop the money flowing into the world’s richest tournament. Both will miss a $1.9 million salary at the seven-week occasion, which starts April 7.

But high players have voiced amazement at events in South Africa in addition to the onslaught at Australia from Smith, batsman Cameron Bancroft and David Warner, after Australia were captured red-handed tampering with the basketball.

Harbhajan Singh, one of the leading spinner wicket takers in international cricket, known as the ban against Smith “absurd”.

“At some time, all global teams must have done things to get the ball to undo. It’s not a crime like match-fixing, but in the same time, they’re attempting to change the nature of the game,” Singh, currently playing at the Indian Premier League to get Chennai Superkings, stated.

— Not a cheat —
Singh called the punishment “a joke” at a separate Twitter comment. “Taking the game away from somebody to get a year is absolutely nonsense.”

Gautam Gambhir, captain of the Delhi Daredevils franchise, hinted that Smith and Warner might be paying major demands for better premiums for Australian cricketers last calendar year.

“Are @stevesmith49 & @davidwarner31 paying for revolt for pay increase?” The veteran batsman stated in a set of much commented Twitter articles.

Smith “does not seem to me a cheat,” he further added.

“I see in him a desperate leader trying to win a Test match for his country, his team. Yes, really, his strategies were questionable but let us not tag him corrupt.”

Gambhir called to the Australian public to really go simple on Smith and his loved ones. Living together with “this atmosphere of being known as a cheat is a bigger punishment” than the ban, ” he explained.

India plays a major role at the International Cricket Council because of its main source of capital. It’s had its fair share of scandals, especially the game fixing saga at 2000.

Indian excellent Sachin Tendulkar was handed a one-match prohibit by match referee Mike Denness following a 2001 game against South Africa if he seemed to scuff the game ball. Tendulkar said that he was removing a bit of grass and he was eventually cleared amid bitter recriminations from the referee.

Swing ball specialists Pakistan are involved in more episodes.

Pakistan sacrificed a 2006 Test against England after umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove dominated that Pakistan had tampered with the ball.

Inzamam ul-Haq’s side refused to play with in protest, and the umpires awarded the game to England. Pakistan were also later cleared of ball-tampering from the ICC.

Najam Sethi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, stated the governing body “has already taken punitive measures against gamers who misdemeanour. Cheating and adjusting won’t be tolerated.”

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said that his players had been “good” on behavior and “almost too nice sometimes”.

“The values and morals of those sides are outstanding. I have no problems with them and there has been never been any reason to doubt their own integrity or to admonish them to anything they have done behavior wise. Our boys are good,” he told AFP. — AFP

Story initially released: 30th March 2018