[caption id="attachment_698365" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Sourav-Ganguly-and-Steven-Smith-.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-698365" alt="sourav ganguly, steven smith, ball-tampering row, australia ball tampering" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Sourav-Ganguly-and-Steven-Smith-.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Sourav Ganguly and Steven Smith AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former India skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sourav-ganguly/">Sourav Ganguly</a> today backed<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/"> Steven Smith</a>, saying he sympathised with the former Australian captain and believed that whatever happened in the Cape Town Test was not cheating. <p></p> <p></p>"I sympathise with Steven Smith, he is a fantastic player and hopefully he will come back and keep scoring runs for Australia. Because I don't think it's cheating, actually I don't believe it is cheating," an outspoken Ganguly said after launching a book titled 'A Century is Not Enough'. <p></p> <p></p>Smith and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/">David Warner</a> has been banned for one year for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia (CA). <p></p> <p></p>"I just wish them (Smith, Warner and Bancroft) luck and hopefully they come back and play well. It's not right to call it cheating, and I wish them luck, and come back and (play) well," Ganguly later told reporters. <p></p> <p></p>Smith today said that he won't challenge the ban imposed by CA. <p></p> <p></p>Cricket icon <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sachin-tendulkar/ ">Sachin Tendulkar</a> and India player <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/">Rohit Sharma</a> were also present on the occasion. <p></p> <p></p>Ganguly and Tendulkar narrated several anecdotes of their careers and also spoke on the famous incident of Ganguly removing his T-shirt after the Natwest Trophy triumph at the Lord's in 2002.