ICC revokes Smith's ban

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ICC go against CA; waive off Steve Smith ban

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SportsCafe Desk

04/01/2018

After seeing an emotional Steve Smith press conference, the ICC has decided to waive off the one-year ban that was sanctioned on him by Cricket Australia. The ICC, however, decided to apologize for punishing Steve Smith, who they have claimed was just a David Warner puppet.

The ICC has become like the opposition parties in the Indian parliament - there is hardly any logic in what they say or what they oppose. It all depends on who is saying what. After banning Kagiso Rabada for two Tests for shoving up the shoulder with Steve Smith, they overturned it and on the other hand, they just fined some percentage of Shakib al Hasan’s match fees despite calling their players back. And when the “hypocritical” Cricket Australia banned Smith and Warner for one year each, the ICC fumed over it and decided to take matters into their own hands.

“It seems like no one cares about our (ICC) decisions now. When I was the BCCI president, I left them mid-way in problems for this lucrative and powerful post as the ICC chairman. But it seems like our verdict is not respected at all. That’s why, we, from our side, terminated the CA ban on Smith and allow them to lead the Australian side,” Shashank Manohar reportedly told Australian media after reaching Melbourne.

“While we have asked Smith to lead the side, we will, however, keep the ban on David Warner. In fact, his one-year ban has been increased to five years for his crocodile tears in front of the media. Our Internal Investigation Unit did the proper investigation and found out that Warner tried hard to cry and although he was partly successful, the tears lacked the hormonal composition that should have been there while tendering an apology. But look at Smith and Bancroft. Their tears are so pure that even Ganges water will hide behind the doors in shame.”

While an Australian journalist immediately quipped that the ICC can’t control what CA do their people or to be specific, he asked whether there is a rule which pertains to waiving off the ban imposed by a Cricket Board, Manohar immediately replied, “You know where I come from. The richest board in the world is in doldrums because I left them mid-way. Cricket Australia don’t have any other options than accepting my orders.

CA chief executive James Sutherland, who was listening to it like an obedient student till then, immediately started attacking Manohar verbally and took a dig at him how he quit BCCI at a time when Lodha Committee decided to clean up the stables and now talking about, whether CA did the right thing or not. Manohar, however, had his reply on the tip of his tongue as he stated that CA did sanction the players because of the Warner and Smith’s blatant fight against them in the Pay dispute issue. 

“CA did take the sanctions against the players for their involvement in the pay dispute and now, when they got an opportunity to ban the players, they did it in a style. It is really a sad day for cricket and that’s why we waived off the ban on Smith. He can now lead the Rajasthan Royals franchise in the IPL, and I will take care of anyone who comes in his way.”

But, do you believe the story? Oh, C’mon. Don’t be fooled like this on April Fool.

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