The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) has responded to Cricket Australia's (CA) decision not to alter the sanctions for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
While the ACA respectfully disagrees with CA's decision, it is accepted.
The ACA regards CA's decision as disappointing.
The ACA's submission was made because:
- CA's sanctions were issued without consideration of the findings of the Longstaff review;
- CA said that it accepted Dr Longstaff's findings that concluded CA needed to take responsibility for its 'winning without counting the costs' culture that contributed to the events in Cape Town;
- CA's sanctions on the players were excessive.
The ACA's submission provided an opportunity for CA to recalibrate its player sanctions by permitting a return via domestic and/or international cricket.
It remains the ACA's view that a recalibration of these sanctions would have been a just outcome.
The ACA has done all it could in support of our submission, and now considers the matter closed.