The cricket world will take a long time to recover from this scandal which was also commented upon adversely by the Australian prime minister. 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. Yahoo News has reported that Cricket Australia has banned the duo from appearing in any form of cricket for one year. The third player in the story Cameron has been given a nine-month suspension.

Ball tampering

The ball-tampering scandal blew up during the third test between Australia and South Africa Australians desperate for victory resorted to try and win the test by tampering with the ball in such a way that it could support reverse swing.Unfortunately, the incident was reported and when the Australian captain Steve Smith was confronted with the evidence he had no choice but to accept that he had committed a mistake.He was immediately fined his entire match fee by the ICC and also from playing the last test

The Australian board was greatly perturbed and thousands of cricket fans all over the world were aghast that an Australian team in an effort to win a match tried to tamper with the ball.

This is something that was never expected and in a way, it is almost as bad as match-fixing. Match-fixing in cricket leads to a life ban and it's a bit of a surprise that both the cricketers have just been banned for one year. Steve Smith has also been stripped of his captaincy and one can be pretty sure that after the ban there will be very little chance for him to become captain of the Australian team again.

Action and ban

Steve Smith is a fine batsman whose record is close to Virat Kohli. Warner is supposed to be one of the most explosive batsmen in one day cricket. Both players have been contracted by the IPL for the cricket season this year. Steve Smith was to captain Rajasthan Royals, while Warner was the star of the IPL.

The IPL management has now reported that both the players will not be part of the IPL this season. It is however clarified that they will be available to play next year.

Tip of the iceberg?

The two top Australian players have been punished, yet one has a lurking suspicion that the coach Darren Lehmann and a few other players who formed the think camp of the Australian team could also be involved.

What has come out could be just the tip of the iceberg. The coach could be at fault for inculcating a spirit in the team that winning was everything. With such a briefing Steve Smith and his boys had to win at any cost, even if it's required Cheating. Australia must look inwards and carry out a thorough inquiry to try and root out this problem. The fair name of Australian cricket has been badly tarnished.