Ball tampering: Australian captain, vice-captain agree to step down

NEW DELHI March 25, 2018: Following ball tampering allegations and subsequent controversy, captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner of Australia cricket team have agreed to step down, media reports said on Sunday.

Earlier, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) had called for captain Steve Smith and other members of the Australian cricket team, who were part of the ‘leadership group’, to step down from the team.

Media reports said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident a “shocking disappointment” and said he had urged CA Chairman David Peever to take prompt and decisive action.

“Given the admission by Australian captain Steve Smith, the ASC calls for him to be stood down immediately by Cricket Australia, along with any other members of the team leadership group or coaching staff who had prior awareness of, or involvement in, the plan to tamper with the ball,” the ASC stated in a press release.

ASC chairman John Wylie, the ASC Board and CEO Kate Palmer added that the ASC condemned cheating of any form in sport, the reports added.

“The ASC condemns cheating of any form in sport. The ASC expects and requires that Australian teams and athletes demonstrate unimpeachable integrity in representing our country,” Wylie said