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IPL 2018: Why Smith must not be treated as criminal over ball tampering row

Following the recent ball-tampering scandal, IPL governing council has barred Steve Smith and David Warner from playing IPL 2018. Are the harsh punishments to the duo and Cameron Bancroft justified?

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Australian cricket captain Steve Smith, left, arrives with teammates, at the Cape Town International airport to depart to Johannesburg for the final five day cricket test match, in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday. Photo: AP | PTI

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The ball tampering scandal involving Australian cricket team captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft has seen some serious action being taken by Cricket Australia, as well as Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council.

Four days after the scandal came to light, Cricket Australia swung into action on Wednesday and suspended all three. While Smith and Warner were handed a 12-month suspension from the national side, Bancroft got a 9-month suspension.

Meanwhile, the IPL governing council in New Delhi also decided to bar Smith and Warner from VIvo IPL 2018. Both had earlier stepped

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First Published: Mar 29 2018 | 10:18 AM IST

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