T20 cricket stars, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy have urged the media to ease off pressure from suspended Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner as they are returning on the cricket field in Global Canada T20 league, beginning June 29.
After being involved in the Ball-Tampering scandal, Cricket Australia imposed one year ban on the duo after they were found guilty in the case. Three months are done but still, people are not ready to forgive the players. Caribbean stars want people to move on and forgive both of them for their doing.
Steve Smith will be playing for Toronto National which will be facing Chris Gayle's Vancouver Knights in the opening match of the tournament. While David Warner will be a part of Winnipeg Hawks for the T20 league.
When talking about Steve Smith, Darren Sammy added "As sportsmen, we want to do the right thing and set the right example for the next generation but we all make mistakes," Sammy said. "You don't kick the man while he's down; that's not the human way to do things."There's a right to punish but there is also a right to forgive and move on."
Sammy thinks it was media who needed to move on from the Test series against South Africa.
"It's what you put in the papers and how you want the public to (perceive) him."
Sammy added"I how 29-year-old Smith conducted a tearful and apologetic press conference at Sydney airport following the Cape Town Test, where he was given a 12-month ban and stripped of the Australian captaincy for at least two years.
"I think for somebody who has done so much for the sport, who scores runs and captains the team well, what I really respect about him is the way he took full responsibility," Sammy said.
"That's leadership; to be able to take more than 75 percent share of the blame was brilliant."
Even Gayle had his thoughts on this, he added the length of the ban given to both of them were too severe. He said, "I want (Smith and Warner) to be free; they have already paid a penalty for what they have done they want to move on with their lives." he said.
(Inputs from the News Now)