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IPL ban may have spared Smith, Warner wrath of Indian public: Ian Chappell

It's also a welcome occurrence if it's a sign that the BCCI is cracking down on bad behaviour under its jurisdiction: Chappel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

File photo: Ian Chappell speaking at HT Leadership Summit 2015. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
File photo: Ian Chappell speaking at HT Leadership Summit 2015. (Photo Credit: Twitter)

The move to impose bans on Steve and David for ball tampering was a welcome occurrence and it may also have spared them the "wrath" of the Indian public, feels former Australia captain Ian Chappell.

"... While this is a severe hit to their bank balance, it may also be sparing them the wrath of the Indian public, coming as it would have done so close on the heels of the scandal. It's also a welcome occurrence if it's a sign that the is cracking down on bad behaviour under its jurisdiction," Chappell wrote in 'ESPNcricinfo'.

Soon after the banned the duo from the upcoming Indian Premier League, and were each hit with 12-month bans by the national body for their roles in scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa last month.

Cameron Bancroft was also hit with a nine-month suspension.

Chappell added, "Its (BCCI) governance in recent years has been less than inspiring, and if this latest move represents a shift in attitude among cricket administrators, then the Cape Town calamity won't have been a complete black hole."

The batting great said Cricket Australia and the ICC must cop some of the blame.

"CA and the ICC have to accept some of the blame for the fact that cricketing behaviour worldwide has plummeted to these depths. They have consistently failed to halt the slide in on-field behaviour that has increasingly undermined the game's image.

"This is typical cricket administration - it takes a calamitous occurrence to make them react."


The disgraced trio returned home in shame for their roles in the scandal, apologising to the nation in tearful press conferences.

Chappell further said, "Cricket has been heading down a slippery slope for a while, to the point where the credibility of the game has been severely shaken."

He said "strong leadership" is the need of the hour to correct this image but but none has been forthcoming.

"As always it's the administrators who either stuff up or are slow to react, and eventually the players suffer the consequences.

"In this case the remorseful players, Smith, and Bancroft, have suffered an immediate backlash, but it will be the embarrassment that follows the stigma of cheating like an ever-present shadow that will cause the lingering pain.

"Let's hope that this instance of incredibly poor judgement proves to be a wake-up call for cricket overall and not just the three Australian players.

First Published: Sun, April 01 2018. 16:18 IST