Ball-tampering incident : “To all my of team mates, fans of cricket all over the world and all Australians who are disappointed and angry, I am sorry,” said an emotional Smith. “What happened in Cape Town has already been laid out by CA. Tonight, I want to make it clear that as captain of Australia, I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgment and now understand the consequences. That was a failure of leadership, my leadership.”
Smith, who has been banned by Cricket Australia for one year from all international and domestic cricket, has been banned from participating in the upcoming edition of the IPL too. Cricket Australia charged Smith with a breach of Article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct, that included five points, majorly revolving around hatching a plan to alter the condition of the ball before concealing the information from the match officials and misleading public comments.
“I will do everything I can (to make up) for my mistake and the damage it has caused. If any good can come from this, it can be a lesson to others, I can hope to be a force of change to others. I know I will regret this for the rest of my life, I am absolutely gutted. I hope in time I can earn back respect and forgiveness. I have been so privileged and honored to represent my country and captain the Australian cricket team.
“Cricket is the greatest game in the world, it has been my life and hope it can be again. I am sorry and absolutely devastated,” he added.