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Bans imposed on Warner, Smith and Bancroft for their role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal should be re-examined in light of systemic failings raised by the independent reviews into CA, the players union president Greg Dyer said.

Deep divisions in Australian cricket, as epitomised by the 2017 MoU dispute and ongoing squabbles between the state associations and CA, are emphasised by the fact that the most positive responses to the review came from board directors and senior management, while the most negative emanated from the ACA, the players and the states and territories.

Smith and Warner are now serving a one-year ban while Bancroft was sanctioned for nine months for the ball-tampering scandal in March.

The trio were banned after the ball tampering scandal during the South Africa tour which rocked Australian cricket and led to Lehmann also leaving his post.

"This is hugely significant".

"With this new information, common sense, common decency, basic fairness, proportionality, which we've talked about from the outset, and natural justice demand that the punishment is reduced".

Also included in the findings was an acknowledgment the players weren't the only ones at fault for the ball tampering controversy in South Africa, placing part of the blame on the toxic culture emanating from head office.

Although Longstaff makes a distinction between responsibility and culpability for those in charge of the team and the game, his claim that Cricket Australia has failed to be appropriately accountable for a culture marred by ethical imbalance is damning to say the least.


An independent review by a leading ethicist said the governing body put too much pressure on the players to win at all costs.

Another option for CA is to allow Smith and Warner to at least be able to compete in the Big Bash League from December - a move which has growing support in cricketing circles, and would please new broadcasters Channel Seven and Fox Sports, entering the first season of a six-year deal worth $1.2 billion.

Warner and Smith were suspended from state and global cricket for 12 months and Bancroft was rubbed out for nine.

David Warner (left) and Steve Smith received lengthy bans following the ball-tampering episode.

He claimed Cricket Australia had the "moral obligation" to let the three players return to global cricket.

One Australian player declared "CA do not enjoy being challenged by commercial sponsors, players and other stakeholders". "It's a shame how it got to the point that it did but I guess the authorities let that happen", he added.

"If accountability is to be a hallmark of Australian cricket then it must be applied to all leaders, whether their primary arena is on, or off, the field of play". "I didn't see that in my time", he said.

CA is considering a recommendation urging CA-contracted players to be available for a minimum two Sheffield Shield and one grade match per season but the governing body rejected a bid to have players excused from Twenty20 internationals to play Shield and grade cricket.


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