Ball-tampering scandal: Gautam Gambhir says Smith not a cheat, he is a ‘deseperate leader’
Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said the condition of suspension imposed on former Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner is a bit harsh.

Gautam Gambhir says 12-month ban on Steve Smith and David Warner is a bit harsh.

Gautam Gambhir says 12-month ban on Steve Smith and David Warner is a bit harsh.

Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said the condition of suspension imposed on former Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner is a bit harsh.

An emotional Gautam Gambhir also further added that Smith is not a cheat. And asked whether Smith and Warner are paying for their revolt against Cricket Australia on pay hike?

Earlier, Steve Smith and David Warner had been banned for 12 months from international and domestic cricket in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. Following CA’s decision, Indian cricket board (BCCI) also banned the duo from taking part in this year’s India Premier League.

This is what Gambhir tweeted:

“While cricket needs to be corruption-free but feel sanctions on Aussies bit harsh. Are @stevesmith49 & @davidwarner31 paying for revolt for pay hike? History has it administrators deride those who standup for players’ cause. Classic case: Ian Chappell #BallTampering #StevenSmith.”

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