Smith ban 'harsh', says South Africa captain Du Plessis

Johannesburg: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said today that he felt the 12-month ban on disgraced Australia skipper Steve Smith was...

Johannesburg: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said today that he felt the 12-month ban on disgraced Australia skipper Steve Smith was "harsh".

He told a media conference in Johannesburg that he was "very sorry" for Smith and had texted him a message of support.

Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 12 months and Cameroon Bancroft for nine months for attempted ball tampering during the third Test in Cape Town last Saturday.

The Australian cheating plot was foiled when TV cameras spotted Bancroft seeking to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper.

Du Plessis, 33, was speaking on the eve of the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers of a drama-packed series in which South Africa hold a 2-1 lead.

"It's been a crazy week. I have compassion for what he's going through.

"I think he's one of the good guys and he's just been caught in a bad place," said Du Plessis, who has twice been found guilty of ball tampering himself, but was only fined and never banned.

"I did send him a text. From a really deep place in my heart I feel for the guy.

"I don't want to see guys going through that stuff.

"It's going to be incredibly hard for him over the next days so I sent him a message of support, saying he'll get through this and he must be strong."

Du Plessis said that although he regarded the bans imposed on Smith, Warner and Bancroft as harsh, he understood the context of the high values Australians expected from their cricket team.

Du Plessis welcomed the announcement by International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson that there would be a review of the ICC code of conduct and penalties.

"I think it's overdue. All we ask for is consistency. There are a lot of grey areas," said Du Plessis, who was only made South Africa captain after being caught ball-tampering.

Source: News Agency

COMMENTS


*

Name

AROUND THE GLOBE,595,business,57,BY READERS,420,FEATURE,231,GLOBE,16,KERALA,12,Movie,305,SPECIAL STORY,347,TAMILNADU,2,TOP STORY,1239,TRAVEL,8,
ltr
item
Local Glob: Smith ban 'harsh', says South Africa captain Du Plessis
Smith ban 'harsh', says South Africa captain Du Plessis
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xNQeS4upMj0/Wr6KKHLah1I/AAAAAAAAAV4/KMHo15TWRyAh2yn_dX18jO6fFUXo-N6SQCLcBGAs/s640/Faf%2Bdu%2BPlessis.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xNQeS4upMj0/Wr6KKHLah1I/AAAAAAAAAV4/KMHo15TWRyAh2yn_dX18jO6fFUXo-N6SQCLcBGAs/s72-c/Faf%2Bdu%2BPlessis.jpg
Local Glob
http://www.localglob.com/2018/03/smith-ban-harsh-says-south-africa.html
http://www.localglob.com/
http://www.localglob.com/
http://www.localglob.com/2018/03/smith-ban-harsh-says-south-africa.html
true
8255692317570297677
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy