In what can only be called an explosive ball-tampering row in the history of cricket, Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner have both stepped down from their respective roles after admitting to hatching a plan to tamper the ball on the third day of their test match against South Africa.
Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft along with a few senior players have admitted to cheating and plotting to tamper with the ball. The news of the #SandpaperGate has clearly shocked everyone, from the cricketing fraternity to fans of the game worldwide.
Fantastic camera work. He did not just catch Bancroft cheating, he caught the Aussie dressing room sending a message to say hide the sandpaper.They are all in on it...What a brilliant team work😂😂😂#balltampering #Bancroft #SteveSmith #SAvsAUS #SandpaperGate pic.twitter.com/6iJN8PUwfg— சினிமாபுரம் (@cinemapuram) March 24, 2018
Many took to Twitter to express their outrage.
WHAT THE ........ HAVE I JUST WOKEN UP TO. Please tell me this is a bad dream.— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 24, 2018
That #SteveSmith along with other senior players planned Ball Tampering is disappointing, but he involved young Cameron Bancroft in the plan is disgraceful. I believe he should take responsibility & step down from captaincy immediately to set a better example instead. #AusVsSa— R P Singh (@rpsingh) March 25, 2018
Can we talk about this? pic.twitter.com/cmpRrOArgD— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) March 24, 2018
Steve Smith,his Team & ALL the management will have to accept that whatever happens in their careers they will all be known for trying to CHEAT the game ... #SAvAUS— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 24, 2018
What I find appalling in all this is the Youngster got given the Job .. Was it because someone in the team had been accused of using Hand tape for a similar affect !!!!!!! So they wanted someone else to take the mantle .... Disgraceful behaviour by senior pros ... #SAvAUS— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 24, 2018
Bancroft was caught in a video, hiding a yellow-coloured object, which he later admitted to being a “yellow tape” which is a part of their kit.
As an incorrigible cricket romantic, the Australian cricket team was my first crush in the sport; last night, they broke my heart, perhaps forever. #Sandpapergate— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 25, 2018
If Cricket #Australia does not sack #SteveSmith & his 'Leadership Group' immediately they will do a great disservice to both the sport & their nation. I think a 2 yr ban on the captain is the best way to send a message that this is absolutely unacceptable. #SAvAUS #Sandpapergate pic.twitter.com/Qw0S2LAwgM— Papa CJ (@PapaCJ) March 25, 2018
They hide their yellow tape there while bowling.Oh! That's why Australia is referred to as Down Under! Now got it!#SteveSmith #Bancroft— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) March 25, 2018
Clearly, lovers of the game are gutted. Cricket, no longer a gentleman's game?