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General News Steven Smith handed one-Test suspension for ball tampering
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Australia captain Steve Smith has been handed a one-Test suspension and fined 100 percent of his match fee by the ICC, after he confessed in a post-day press conference on Saturday (March 24) that he was party to a ploy to tamper the condition of the ball during the ongoing Newlands Test against South Africa. Smith will thus miss the fourth Test, to be played in Johannesburg from March 30.

ICC chief executive David Richardson laid the charge against Smith under Article 2.2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel which prohibits 'all types of conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game'. The sanction added two suspension points to Smith's record - which equates to four demerit points and hence, a one-Test ban.

"The decision made by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game, risks causing significant damage to the integrity of the match, the players and the sport itself and is therefore 'serious' in nature. As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended," Richardson said.

Fellow-transgressor Cameron Bancroft - who was caught on camera indulging in the malpractice - has been slapped with a 75 percent fine of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "changing the condition of the ball in breach of caluse 41.3."

Richardson took serious objection to the several controversies that have piled on in recent times, and reckoned the ICC 'needs to do more' to safeguard the integrity of the sport.

"The game needs to have a hard look at itself. In recent weeks we have seen incidents of ugly sledging, send-offs, dissent against umpires' decisions, a walk-off, ball tampering and some ordinary off-field behaviour.

"The ICC needs to do more to prevent poor behavior and better police the spirit of the game, defining more clearly what is expected of players and enforcing the regulations in a consistent fashion. In addition and most importantly Member countries need to show more accountability for their teams' conduct. Winning is important but not at the expense of the spirit of the game which is intrinsic and precious to the sport of cricket. We have to raise the bar across all areas."

On Sunday, Smith and his deputy, David Warner, stood down from their posts for the remainder of the Test, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine standing in. Though Warner was part of the 'leadership group' that took the call to change the condition of the ball, he has not been pulled up by the ICC as, according to the laws, the conduct of the team is the captain's responsibility. But he could yet be punished by Cricket Australia for his role.

Such has been the nature and impact of the controversy that the IPL futures of both Smith and Warner - captains of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively - are currently up in the air, with a decision from BCCI and the concerned franchises expected soon.

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