Should cricket bans be lifted after damning report?

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The Australian Cricketers Association has called for reconsidering the bans after a comprehensive review was released into the Australian cricket organisational culture.

Smith and Warner are now serving 12-month bans for their roles in the scandal, ruling them out of representing Australia in any format until March next year and playing domestic cricket in Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League this summer.

"What the Longstaff review reveals is that Cricket Australia itself must also take a share of responsibility for what happened in South Africa".

Officialdom has always been the bugbear of cricketers and eyebrows were rightly raised when Cricket Australia officials dodged the fallout from the ball-tampering affair.

Longstaff's report said the "grief" felt by the public in wake of the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town "was linked to a sense of shame not felt since the days of the perfectly legal - but what many considering unsporting - "under-arm bowling incident", a shame that our society's ethical malaise had moved from politics, to business, to the churches".

Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said the fiasco had been a "difficult and confronting time for everyone involved", but insisted lessons had been learnt and that changes would continue to be made.

Dyer and Nicholson said the "new evidence" presented by the review that the players weren't the only ones at fault should force CA's hand and pave the way for Smith and Co.to return to the field. Chief executive James Sutherland has left after 17 years and Pat Howard, the high-performance manager, has said he won't extend his contract beyond mid-2019.

Smith, Warner and Bancroft have missed three Tests but the ACA's calls raise the possibility of them returning for the four-Test series against India, which begins in Adelaide on 6 December.

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"A constant complaint from players who contributed to this review is that they are treated as if they are assets of the game - commodities of variable value", the report said.

This brings with it a ban of up to six Tests and 12 ODIs, unlike the one match handed to Smith and purely a fine for Bancroft (Warner wasn't punished by ICC).

That option would allow Smith and Warner to at least play for NSW until their worldwide bans end on March 28.

"I'm not speaking on behalf of the ACA".

"Australian cricket has lost its balance. and has stumbled badly". "The other thing is there's indications in there around how negative feedback is not well taken [by CA] and in some cases players decided they didn't want to do it and referred through us, and we compiled an appropriate submission". We've got to make Australians proud.

"It has been a hard and confronting time for everyone involved in Australian cricket, and for that I am sorry", he said.

The vanquished coach denies overseeing a culture where his players abused team staff and doesn't agree game plans and strategies focused on Warner being an attack dog for the Australian team. "I'm receiving as many messages from people suggesting that the suspensions are too lenient as those who are sending messages saying they're too harsh", he said.

CA chairman David Peever and new CEO Kevin Roberts have categorically denied there is any chance of the trio having their bans reduced, setting the scene for a fiery civil war with the ACA.

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