Steve Smith details his in role in ball-tampering scandal, admitting he said, ‘I don’t want to know about it’
Steve Smith says he failed as Australia captain during the ball-tampering saga. (Reuters: Sumaya Hisham, file photo)
Former Australian captain Steve Smith has shed further light on what his role was in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, admitting he did not “want to know about it” when the plan was being hatched in the dressingroom in Cape Town.
Smith, who was banned for 12 months for his role in the incident, said he let himself down by not trying to stop “something from happening”.
“I walked past something and had the opportunity to stop it, and I didn’t do it,” Smith said in his first media appearance since arriving back in Australia in March.
“That was my leadership failure, you know? It was the potential for something to happen and it went on and happened out in the field and I had the opportunity to stop it at that point.”
When asked what he said as the incident was taking place, Smith replied: “I don’t want to know anything about it.”
More to come.