David Warner © Getty Images
David Warner © Getty Images

The ball-tampering scandal had left Australia cricket shell shocked with skipper Steven Smith, deputy David Warner and young Cameron Bancroft involved in the shameful act. Where Smith, Warner were handed 12-month ban, Bancroft was given 9-month ban. It was followed by Smith, Warner and Bancroft excluded from the Cricket Australia (CA)’s central contracts list as well.

Dating back to June-July when Australia was at loggerheads with CA on pay row, Warner in particular was pretty vocal about his opinions on the administrators. Knowing the history that Warner carries with CA, Ian Chappell believes CA would not want Warner back in the side: “I’m not sure if CA wants Warner back. Knowing the history of CA pretty well, I think they’ve probably been looking for a reason to get rid of him because he was quite outspoken during the dispute between the players and the administrators last year. So he may not be back. Smith will be back but I don’t think he will captain Australia again,” he told The Times of India (TOI).

Chappell also feels the decision on the trio was not harsh by CA: “I think Cricket Australia got it right. CA has done particularly Smith and Warner a huge favour, because you imagine if Smith and Warner were playing next summer in Australia against India, they’re going to get booed at probably all of the Australian grounds. That wouldn’t have been great for CA’s image.”

Chappell was pretty blunt on the learnings that Australia can take from the ball-tampering row: “They can learn about stupidity. There was plenty of that on show in Cape Town by the Australians. The ICC has already talked about trying to strengthen the penalties and also the ‘wording’ of ball-tampering. However, the questions that I have for the administrators is why are they reactive, rather than being proactive?”