The Australian Cricket Board has finally lifted the ban from duo David Warner and Steve Smith on Friday after one year. Both the Australian cricketers were involved in ball-tampering scandal during third test match against South Africa at Cape Town in 2018 after which they were boycotted by Australian Cricket Board (ACB). The Australian Cricket Chief Kevin Roberts insisted that the comeback of both the banned cricketers will not disrupt the resurgent team and now they are free to participate in the state as well international cricket tournaments.
Kevin Roberts said on the comeback of the duo, “What we’re focused on is doing everything we can to support Dave, Steve, Cameron and all of the other support staff with this integration to build harmony rather than to disrupt the harmony that is building”. He also added, “Smith, Warner, and Bancroft had all owned their mistakes, they’ve paid a price and have served their time”.
Notably, former Australian vice-captain, David Warner was involved as an instigator in ball-tampering controversy along with Cameron Bancroft who was also banned by the board for nine months as he was caught by the cameras trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper to make it swing. If Warner was not boycotted by Australia at the time of third test match against South Africa then star bowlers of the country including Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon were willing to pull out from next test match in 2018.
The beginning for reintegration process of the pair started from formal meeting of Smith and Warner with teammates in Dubai earlier this month in which Lyon and Cummins were also present.
Currently. both are trying their best efforts in Indian Premier League 2019 to impress Australian team selectors ahead of World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom starting from May 30. Steve Smith returned to his Rajasthan Royals (RR)squad while David Warner joined Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).