Steve Smith punishment: Outcast is delighted with Cricket Australia decision

"Players who engage in malpractices such as ball tampering and fixing should be banned permanently. Getty Images

Former Australian captain, vice-captain Steven Smith and David Warner respectively are learnt to have been banned for one year by Cricket Australia in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has recently shocked the cricket world.

Cameron Bancroft, the player who actually tampered with the ball, has been given a nine-month suspension.

Smith and Bancroft have been banned from a leadership position with the national team for a period of 12 months while Warner will not be considered at all in the future.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has flown to Johannesburg to meet with senior legal counsel and head of integrity Iain Roy and general manager of team performance Pat Howard, with a full announcement of their findings expected on Wednesday morning, Australian time.

Smith and Warner, along with Cameron Bancroft, were ordered to return home midway into the series yesterday.

Sutherland and his governing body, under pressure from sponsors and in the midst of negotiations over a new broadcast deal, know they have plenty of work to do over the coming months to restore the image of the sport in Australia. The players originally said they used yellow sticky tape and dirt.

Sutherland said the saga was extraordinarily bad for cricket, but repeatedly refused to say whether the attempts to alter the match ball constituted cheating.

Some say the situation has been blown out of proportion, highlighting how stars of the game from other countries have either admitted to or been charged or found guilty of tampering with the ball during global matches, but rarely faced a sanction of more than one or two games.

Steve Smith's ban was based on him knowing of the plan but failing to take steps to prevent it.

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"In light of recent events, David Warner has stepped down as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad", Sunrisers chief executive K. Shanmugam said on the team's official Twitter page.

If there was a culture of somewhat witless impunity within the Australia set-up, maybe it was partly enabled by what we might call the mind-games-industrial-complex that has absorbed Australian cricket.

Dr Naraine said Cricket Australia was expecting a bid around $1 billion for the next six to seven years.

All three players will, however, be permitted to play club cricket "to maintain links with the cricket community".

Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns flew out to South Africa ahead of the fourth Test with another unexpected opportunity to prove they can cut it at Test level, as dark clouds hang over Australian cricket.

"As parents we try and instill in him to play the game fair, and that it's better to lose than to win by cheating". Smith and Warner have also been banned from captaining Australia for the next two years.

Smith had a particularly emotional moment with Tim Paine, formally handing over the captaincy with a hug and a handshake. He also now holds sponsorship deals with Asics, Channel Nine, Gray-Nicholls and Toyota.

Bancroft was caught tampering with the ball red-handed on day three of the third Test when he was filmed first rubbing the ball with the tape in his hand, then shoving the tape down the front of his trousers.

His next game for Australia will nearly certainly be a warm-up game for next year's World Cup in England, which is followed by an away Ashes campaign.

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