The former Australia skipper, Ricky Ponting believes that lengthy bans given to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in ball-tampering roles earlier this year have been a beneficial shock to the world of cricket.

Cricket Australia banned Smith and Warner for a period of 12 months. Bancroft is handed 9 months ban. They had sandpapered the ball in order to get reverse swing. The incident took place in a test match earlier against South Africa in March this year.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) discussed the issue during a two-day meet at Lord’s. The twice World Cup-winning captain, Ponting is a member of the above committee.

On the harsh decision, Ponting said, “It’s probably got the desired outcome, a kind of shock to world cricket,” while addressing the media at Lord’s on Tuesday.

“We have seen ball-tampering incidents happen probably more consistently over the last five or six years and to my mind it’s because little things have crept in that were allowed to get to a certain point and the tipping point was a pre-meditated act that the Australian players took part in South Africa.”

“So I think we are all very supportive of the ICC stance to penalize anyone who steps out of line.”

“I think the reason reverse-swing has become such a big issue in the past 10 years is that the wickets have got flatter,” he stressed.

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