Sanjay Manjrekar Comes Out In Support Of Steven Smith Even As Talks Of Life Ban Grow Louder

Sanjay Manjrekar's argument on why Steven Smith must not be banned for life is a must-read

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has come out in support of infamous Australian captain Steven Smith. No, Manjrekar is not defending him for the ball-tampering fiasco against South Africa in the first Test. But he is against the ongoing talks of life ban as he stated a few incidents in the past where South African skipper Faf du Plessis got away with ball-tampering.

In a press conference after Day 4 of the third Test, Smith accepted that he asked Cameron Bancroft to tamper the ball and it was a decision taken by the leadership group. He had to step down from the captaincy and was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for one match along with a 100 percent match fee. Moreover, he was sacked as Rajasthan Royals captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

Amid talks of Smith not playing IPL 2018, it has been a popular opinion that Smith should be banned for lifetime. However, Manjrekar does not think it is necessary.

Here’s what he tweeted on March 26,

On the other hand, this does not mean that Manjrekar is against ICC taking a stern action against Smith either. Here’s what he had to say about the incident –

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He also wants Australia’s head coach Darren Lehmann to get sacked if he knew about the discussion on ball-tampering as explained by Smith and Bancroft.

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Not just Smith but David Warner also is in troubled waters after getting sacked as the vice-captain of the team. According to reports, he might get sacked as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) skipper as well.

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