Authorities let it happen: Waugh on ball-tampering scandal


The key recommendation from the review is that the leadership of CA accept its share of the responsibility for the circumstances that gave rise to the ball-tampering incident at Newlands.

Steve Waugh has blamed the lenient laws concerning ball-tampering as the reason behind the Newlands scandal that saw three Australian cricketers including then captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner being handed a 12-month ban from worldwide cricket.

"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".

An independent review of Cricket Australia has delivered a scathing report on the governance and culture of the organisation.

Then-captain Smith and his deputy Warner received a one-year ban from global and state cricket while opening batsman Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

"Mark is an outstanding man, who's lived and breathed Australian cricket, who's been on the Board for some time".

Speaking to, Chappell said: "If they are banned and no administrators are tossed out on their backside then that's not going to help to marry them up again - Cricket Australia and the players".

The ACA also called for the "urgent" implementation of all 42 recommendations in the 145-page report, which included complaints from those involved in the sport of a bullying culture in elite men's cricket. Dyer and Nicholson refused to speculate on what course of action it would take if CA rejected calls for Smith, Warner and Bancroft to return to action.

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CA chairman David Peever said the organisation decided, in the wake of the scandal, that the review was in the best interests of the game.

Waugh said the Australian cricketers have been living in a "bubble" and were out of touch with reality that they failed to understand the gravity of their offence.

In The Australian newspaper, cricket writer Gideon Haigh pinpointed a line in the review that spoke of people in leadership roles having to take responsibility for matters "over which they do not exercise direct control". "We've got to start rebuilding the cricket team to start winning games for Australia and get a cricket team that Australia can be proud of". If so, it has had the exact opposite effect, according to veteran cricket journalist Robert Craddock.

Lehmann, who stood down as Australian head coach shortly after the scandal, now believes Cricket Australia should consider shortening the bans to Smith, Warner and Bancroft. They are insulated from a lot of things.

The ban on Smith and Warner ends on March 2019 and they could be eligible for selection for the World Cup and the Ashes.

"Had there been a landslide of protest about their bans it could have really helped those two".

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. The ACA - backed publicly by the players - wanted to maintain a shared revenue model while CA wanted to abandon it and introduce set salaries.