Aussie cricket union asks for Smith, Warner bans to be reduced

Taylor defended the decision to appoint David Peever prior to the review being completed

Taylor defended the decision to appoint David Peever prior to the review being completed

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.

Cricket Godfather Allan Border described the bans as "excessive" and declared he would even be happy to see Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft given the green light to play worldwide cricket this summer following a cultural review that deemed CA administrators must share responsibility for the scandal which has rocked the game to its core.

"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".

But public reaction to the Australians' behaviour was furious, Smith was stripped of the captaincy and all three players received lengthy bans.

Malcolm Speed, James Sutherland's predecessor as chief executive of Cricket Australia, has called for the resignation of the chairman David Peever and his replacement by the former captain Mark Taylor as a signal for "dyed-in-the-wool cricket people" to take back control of the game from an increasingly corporatised Board of the governing body.

A "win at all costs" culture was said to have infiltrated the game, culminating in the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa in March.

However, under CA's ban, the three men also can not play first-class cricket for their states in the meantime.

Similarly, the code of ethics for Board directors is deemed "problematic" in that it does not link closely enough to CA's broader ethical framework or its code of conduct - the instrument by which Warner, Bancroft and Smith were suspended.

Former Australian southpaw batsman Simon Katich believes bans on Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should not get lifted.

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So as the fate of the tainted trio hangs in doubt, it would be interesting to see if Cricket Australia budges under pressure mounted by the cricketers.

"That's a decision for the ACA and Cricket Australia to make". Players with leadership aspirations have been recommended to undertake formal training, including to help improve their "moral courage".

When asked about the possibility of legal action, Nicholson replied "we just need to get through the first stage".

"Players feel they are treated as commodities".

The report proposes 42 recommendations in order to fix the state of Australian cricket.

Darren Lehmann admits he anxious for the banned trio.

"I know that all kids watching that around Australia, in any sport, would say "now I know that if I step out of line there's going to be a heavy penalty", remarked 1999 World Cup winning captain Waugh.

After more than a year of bitter feuding, CA and the ACA have been encouraged to have a "constructive working relationship", and told to begin this process within 30 days.

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