An emotional Australian Cricket Captain Steve Smith acknowledged his “big mistake” of tampering with the cricket ball and accepted full responsibility of the same at a press conference in Sydney.
A distraught Steve Smith was on the verge of tears as he accepted full responsibility and also apologized in front of the entire press. He was quoted saying:
“I want to, as captain of the Australian cricket team, take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgement and I understand the consequences. It was a failure of leadership…I will do everything to make up for my mistake…I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am absolutely gutted. Cricket is my life and hope it can be again. I’m sorry. I’m absolutely devastated.”
— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2018
It may be recalled here that both Steve Smith and David Warner, the vice captain of the Australian Cricket Team, were stripped off from their roles in the cricket team and banned from all forms of the game for a year for their behavior during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town last weekend.
Apart from them, the Aussie opener Cameron Bancroft also faced suspension for a period of nine months.
Although Steve Smith had broken down in front of the entire media, he did not reveal anything else about the plot. When asked if he blames Warner as well, he said:
I don’t blame anyone, I’m the captain, it’s on my watch and I take responsibility for what happened in Cape Town.
It may be recalled here that Steve Smith has often been regarded as the “golden boy” of Australian cricket and compared to the legendary batsman Donald Bradman for his prolific cricketing skills.