Cricketer Sreesanth has given a shocking view on the massive controversy that has engulfed cricket following Australia's captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitting to charges of ball tampering after the latter was spotted trying to change the condition of the ball by using a foreign object.
Sreesanth has said that "ball tampering has been happening for ages" and that it happened even at club-level matches. Sreesanth wasn't surprised that Australians resorted to such an act.
The pacer, on whom the BCCI had imposed a life ban in 2013 in relation with a spot-fixing scandal, has said that Indian cricketers also know about the tampering and that it's the ICC and BCCI's call whether to ban those who cheat in such a manner.
The IPL should now take a decision, Sreesanth said, reminding that the ICC and BCCI took a stance on him and it was time they took a stance on this matter.
He also spoke about the reluctance of cricket legends from taking a stance on the matter, saying that it would be nice if they did.
According to the footage, a small, yellow object was seen in Bancroft's hands after he had worked on the ball, and he was also captured taking it from his pocket and seeming to place it down his trousers. It showed Bancroft seeming to rub the rough side of the ball, the opposite side to which he would usually be trying to shine on his trousers, as is permitted under ICC playing conditions. He appeared to put the object down his pants apparently after being spoken to by the substitute Peter Handscomb, who had come on to the field after speaking to coach Darren Lehmann over the walkie-talkie. When Bancroft spoke to the umpires, he was shown holding a bigger, black cloth rather than the small yellow object he had earlier seemed to place down his trousers.
Meanwhile, Smith, who admitted the charges, felt regretted and said, "The leadership group knew about it. We spoke about it at lunch," he said. "I am not proud of what's happened. It's not within the spirit of the game. My integrity, the team's integrity and the leadership group's integrity have come into question. It won't happen again."
Following the scandal, Smith and David Warner stepped down as captain and vice-captain, respectively, for the remainder of the third Test against South Africa.
Steve Smith has been handed a one-Test match suspension and fined 100% of his match fee, while Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for the ball-tampering incident.