Magellan snaps ties with Cricket Australia

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 30, 2018

The sandpaper scandal where Australian cricketers Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft face a ban for one year and nine months respectively for tampering with ball is again back in the headlines after Australia coach Darren Lehmann has ended his long-kept silence and issued a public apology over the ball-tampering incident. "The three-year partnership that Magellan signed with Cricket Australia in August 2017, which commenced with the recent Ashes series, was based on shared values and reputations of integrity, leadership, dedication and an unwavering customer-first attitude".

As well as their bans, Smith, 28, and Bancroft, 25, have also been suspended from captaining Australia for at least the next two years.

"As a result of last weekend's events in Cape Town involving members of the Australian men's cricket team and following the sanctions made by Cricket Australia, ASICS has terminated its sponsorship contracts with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, effective immediately", it said.

"I've been thinking about my position for a while", he said. Then I spoke to the players at tea time and said we would deal with it at the end of play, which happened through the process.

"The way that the game (and schedule) is going, you've got no choice. and cricket is really getting specialised", he said previous year.

"I have spoken to all three players as they left".

An investigation found Smith and Bancroft had made "misleading public comments" on Saturday when they instead claimed yellow tape was used instead.

Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann survived the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.

Sutherland further said that he is regretful to find himself in this situation while adding that the word "cheating" would be appropriate in the circumstances.

"In terms of the bans, that's a decision Cricket Australia had to make - and that's for them to decide. We have arrived at decisions that we feel are of an appropriate measure.We are satisfied with the outcome", he said.

The coach also said the team would need to improve their behaviour on and off the pitch in order to win back fan respect after Bancroft was caught tampering with the ball in the 322-run third Test defeat by South Africa at Newlands. It's so big because the action of doing it is completely wrong. "We're only playing a game, that's all we're playing, we lost a great young man and the way we tried to deal with that is probably my proudest moment as coach".

"There is a rebuild that needs to happen to reinstate the faith and the confidence and the pride that the Australian public had, and should have, in the Australian cricket team".

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