NSW stands by Smith, Warner in tough times

Banned Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner could return for NSW Premier Cricket in late September.

In March, the ball-tampering incident in South Africa involving Steve Smith and David Warner (right) shocked the cricketing world.   -  AFP

New South Wales, the home association of tainted Australia cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner, raised their voice calling the 12-month ban on the stars ‘proportionate to public disappointment’.

They said they support the decision taken by Cricket Australia but at the same time, the remorse shown by Smith and Warner for their mistake, could be considered.

According to media reports, incoming NSW chairman John Knox said the Australian fans expect their national team to be competitive and play in the right spirit, and after dealing with harsh penalties, it is essential for the association to stand by Smith and Warner.

In March, the ball-tampering incident in South Africa involving the duo shocked the cricketing world.

There were speculations that NSW would still try to bring in Smith and Warner for Sheffield Shield but it was later ruled out.

They could return for the NSW Premier Cricket in late September.