[caption id="attachment_701775" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Steven-Smith.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-701775" alt="Steven Smith AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Steven-Smith.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Steven Smith AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia" target="_blank">Australian</a> cricket underwent massive shake-ups in the past few weeks. First, the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ball-tampering" target="_blank">ball-tampering saga</a> and it ended Channel Nine's 40-year involvement with the sport. Fox Sports and the Seven Network took control for Australian summer and domestic cricket after securing the A$ 1.3 billion to broadcast cricket for next 6 years. Banned former skipper Steven Smith is reportedly being considered for commentary role during his 1-year suspension for ball-tampering. <p></p> <p></p>Smith is currently in New York, escaping the media and public heat back home. <i>Sunday Telegraph</i> reported that he is a possible recruit for Foxtel's new cricket channel. Despite several sponsors abandoning ties with Smith, Fox Sports are willing to stand by the disgraced skipper. <p></p> <p></p>Patrick Delany, Foxtel's CEO, did not comment on the commentary panel but did not rule out Smith joining the team. <p></p> <p></p> When it happened we all got together and said we ve known Steve for a long time. He s been on our books for many years and we should stand by him, Delany was quoted as saying in a report from <i>news.com.au</i>. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/channel-seven-foxtel-take-over-cas-media-rights-from-nine-ten-network-700985"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p>The traditional Channel Nine line up included Ian Chappell, Bill Lawry, Mark Taylor, Shane Warne and others. This is set to change. However, Fox Sports are not ruling out a role for the legendary Lawry. <p></p> <p></p> All I know is our team will look young and inclusive. But there s nothing wrong with a bit of grey hair in that. Never underestimate the power of wisdom. We re not ruling out anyone," said Delany. <p></p> <p></p>Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Warne are being mentioned as possible recruits for Channel 7. <p></p> <p></p>Smith is ranked No.1 in Tests rankings. His role in the ball-tampering sage in Cape Town last month earned him and David Warner a yearlong ban and two-year ban from leading Australia.