Steve Smith and David Warner. @ Getty Images
Steve Smith and David Warner. @ Getty Images

The scathing review into Australia’s cricket (Cricket Australia) culture by an Ethics Centre has condemned a “winning without counting the hosts” culture that has left players in a “gilded bubble”.

Now, in the aftermath of the review, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) stated that the bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft should be slashed. Smith and Warner are serving 12-month suspensions, while Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town test in March this year.

“The events in South Africa were in part a by-product of a culture and system which, amongst other things, placed too much pressure on players to win,” said ACA President Greg Dyer.

“Basic fairness demands these independently verified contributing factors must now be taken into consideration and the penalties reduced.

“There must be a reconsideration of the harshness of the penalties handed down to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.”

Cricket Australia has come out in a statement and said that the suspensions stand.  “Sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process. So the sanctions stand,” said chairman David Peever.

(With inputs from AFP)