Former Aussie coach , Mickey Arthur feels “Desperately sorry ” for the former Australian captain Steve Smith ,following the sandpaper gate scandal.
Mickey Arthur expects Smith to bounce back from the sandpaper gate incident which caused him a year ban.
Mickey Arthur , now the coach of Pakistan cricket team , feels that the sandpaper gate incident must be resolved as quickly as possible .
Steve Smith and David Warner, have been banned from any form of cricket for a period of 12 months .
Cameron Bancroft, who made his debut in the Ashes 2017-18 , has been banned for 9 months. For Smith, who seemed to be on his peak form, it would be a huge loss of 12 months , considering that he won’t be playing for domestic matches as well.
He was compared to Sir Don Bradman ,just a couple of months ago , in terms of his test average (61.38) being 2nd to the Bradman (99.94) . Smith broke down in tears , while accepting apology for his actions in the ball tampering incident.
“I feel desperately sorry for Smith. I know he eats , sleeps and drinks cricket , ” said the former Aussie coach. He also applauded Smith’s past leadership abilities , his passion and commitment towards the game. Arthur considers Smith to be an unbelievable cricketer who just loved playing cricket.
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Mickey Arthur’s view on David Warner
Arthur was unsure about David Warner, the mastermind behind the sandpaper gate scandal. He thinks it would be difficult for Warner to make a comeback to the squad . Warner’s actions in the recent scandal upset the entire cricket fraternity .
Arthur feels , Warner being the chief conspirator , would be isolated for a much longer duration.
” I definitely see the return of Smith, without a doubt. He will be there. He will serve his time,he will train hard and will come back stronger, ” said Arthur.
“Davey Warner , I am not a 100 percent sure , ” he further added. Arthur, got sacked from Cricket Australia , back in 2013 for bringing changes in the team culture. He had banned 4 players , for not performing a homework assignment. This didn’t go well with the team players, and ultimately they had to sack him.
Arthur said that the Aussie team needed much of a reality check , based on the behaviour and incidents on their players on their tour to South Africa. With Smith and Warner out of the picture,the kangaroos will have to fight really hard throughout the year.
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ICC’s decision of behavioural review
In order to keep the players under control, ICC has decided to go for a review on player behaviour which would help maintain the spirit of the game.
Arthur said” I have been disappointed at the behaviour of the Australian team over the last couple of year “. He felt that the Australian team shouldn’t resort to these tactics in order to succeed. They have highly skilled match winners with them who can turn the game in their favor. Keeping in mind the World Cup that is scheduled next year, he feels that the Australian Cricket has taken some huge blows in the recent times.
He says that over the last few months, the behaviour shown by the players in World Cricket, has sulked the quality of the game to quite an extent. In the recently concluded Nidahas trophy , Bangladesh cricket team was seen calling off the players , breaking windows , performing dance on the ground.
Aussie spinner, Nathan Lyon , was fined for his controversial run out of Ab De Villiers . Not to forget the verbal feud that occurred between Warner and De Kock , Rabada being banned for the series. So, It becomes highly necessary for the player’s behaviors to be kept under check.