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Steve Smith’s father dumps son’s cricket kit in garage after ball-tampering scandal - Video

Steve Smith’s father, Peter, dumped his son’s cricket kit in garage after the 28-year-old was banned by Cricket Australia (CA) for 12 months for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

cricket Updated: Apr 01, 2018 15:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Steve Smith has been handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia (CA) for his role in the ball-tampering scandal.
Steve Smith has been handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia (CA) for his role in the ball-tampering scandal. (AFP )

Steve Smith’s father, Peter, put away his son’s cricket kit in the garage of their home following a one-year ban handed to the Australian batsman by Cricket Australia, says reports. Smith had addressed the media shortly after landing in Sydney on Thursday, issuing an emotional apology and fielding a few questions on his role in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked Australian cricket.

Peter was seen standing beside his son all through the press conference, even consoling him when the 28-year-old broke down on a couple of occasions. In footage released by Australian news channel ‘Seven News’, Peter was seen carrying Smith’s cricket kit from the car and putting it away in the garage while commenting: “He’ll be fine, he’ll survive, he’ll survive.”

During the press conference, Smith had apologised while seeking forgiveness for his failure as Australia captain. He also broke down while talking about the impact the incident had had on his parents. “To all of my teammates, to fans of cricket and to all Australians who are disappointed and angry, I’m sorry. What happened in Cape Town has already been laid down...I want to make clear, as captain of the Australian cricket team, I take full responsibility. It was a failure of my leadership,” Smith had stated.

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“To see how my old man and how my mum has been, it hurts. I don’t blame anyone. I’m the captain of the Australian team. It’s on my watch and I take responsibility for what happened last Saturday. I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids. I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public,” a teary eyed Smith added.

The aftermath of the scandal seems to have greatly affected the families of the suspended trio – Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. In fact, Warner’s wife Candice came forward on Sunday and blamed herself for her husband’s role in the ball-tampering scandal. “I feel like it’s all my fault and it’s killing me -- it’s absolutely killing me,” Candice Warner told Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph.

Warner was involved in a row with Quinton de Kock during the first Test after the South African wicket-keeper had apparently insulted Candice.

First Published: Apr 01, 2018 15:33 IST

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