Harbhajan Singh lambasted the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their decision after the world’s cricket body went easy on Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft over the ball-tampering confessions.The duo escaped with trivial punishments after Australia’s act of shame on Saturday evening during the third Test versus South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town.While Smith was handed a ban of one Test match and fined 100 per cent of his match fee, Bancroft escaped with deduction of 75 per cent of his match fee and three demerit points.(Steve Smith, David Warner step down as Australia’s captain and vice-captain)Speaking about ICC’s decision on the whole fiasco, Harbhajan Singh said that he is surprised by this decision and amazed at how ICC treat Australians differently from others.”It is shocking. When I went for my hearing (Monkeygate incident involving Andrew Symonds) and they without any evidence, video or recording, banned me for three Test matches and here you have all the evidence and you get one Test-match ban. And the guy who is doing, is getting away with 75 per cent of his match fee. They could have taken much harsh calls,” Harbhajan said.(IPL chairman and Rajasthan Royals react after Steve Smith’s ball-tampering confession)”This is ridiculous. In my case I was banned for three straight games. That shows that Australia they have their own match referees, their own umpires and maybe ruling in ICC. I really don’t know what kind of fair play is this from the ICC. They didn’t even find me guilty and banned me but here they have got the footage and everything but not banned him (Bancroft). But banned Smith for a game and fined his match fee.(Cricket Australia CEO on ball-tampering controversy: Very sad day for Australian cricket)advertisementBut that goes to show that different people, different rule. It’s shocking to me and ICC should have taken stronger steps to show the game is above anything. This is not done, they got away with nothing,” he added.wow @ICC wow. Great treatment nd FairPlay. No ban for Bancroft with all the evidences whereas 6 of us were banned for excessive appealing in South Africa 2001 without any evidence and Remember Sydney 2008? Not found guilty and banned for 3 matches.different people different rulesHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 25, 2018On Saturday, footage appeared on television, showing Bancroft rubbing the ball with a small object before concealing it in his underwear.In one of the clips, Bancroft was caught putting his hand in his pocket before working on the ball with an object, which was later revealed to be a sticky tape. He later put the object back in his pocket. The next clipping showed the opener transferring the object from his pocket to his underpants.(Australia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the coup)Before the footage was played, umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth were seen conferring in the middle, they also had a word with the opener.But after the day’s play, when the whole saga had unfolded and the Australians were bashed for the unethical deed, Smith and Bancroft openly admitted their sin and the captain went onto add that it was pre-planned move from the Baggy Green’s ‘leadership group’. Smith’s bold confession led to a huge debate and he and David Warner stepped down as the captain for the remainder of the Test match after tremendous pressure from Australian media, their Prime Minister and others.This is not the first time Smith and his men have come under the radar in Test cricket. Last year, during the second Test in Bengaluru, Smith and Peter Handscomb were involved in an incident, which showed the Aussie skipper looking towards the dressing room for instructions regarding a DRS review. Virat Kohli came out and criticised him and said that it has been happening for three days. Smith later termed the incident as a ‘brain fade’ and denied Kohli’s accusations and said they play the game fairly. However, Harbhajan doesn’t opine the same.(Michael Clarke not ruling out return as Australia captain after ball-tampering scandal)”They feel the know the game better than anyone and feel they can get away with everything. This is probably not the first time they are doing this. This is a very stupid move and coming from the Australian dressing room, this is not a surprise,” said the spinner.”They have been doing a lot of things which they got away with but this time they have got caught in the camera,” he added.ALSO WATCH:advertisement
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