Steve Smith, the former Australia captain broke down in tears as he apologised for his part in the ball-tampering scandal.
The Cricket Australia has banned Smith and batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for the incident in the third Test against South Africa.
The 28-year-old said: “It was a failure of my leadership.” Bancroft and Warner have also apologised for their actions.
Darren Lehmann was cleared of any involvement in the incident. Later on Thursday, he announced that he would stand down following the current Test series with South Africa.
Smith added: “I am deeply sorry, I love the game of cricket, I love kids wanting to play the great game of cricket that I love. Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about affecting your parents.
“To see the way my old man has been, and my mum, it hurts. I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain I have brought to Australia and the fans and the public.”
In a social media post, Warner said the incident had “damaged cricket” and was “a stain on the game we all love”
Bancroft said: “It’s something I will regret for the rest of my life. I feel like I’ve let everyone down in Australia. I lied. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation and I’m very sorry. I feel like I’ve let everyone down in Australia.”
Smith admitted that the Aussie “leadership group” had devised a plan to tamper with the ball, and Cricket Australia’s investigation found Warner instructed Bancroft how to carry it out.
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