Smith, Warner face ₹20 crore monetary blows in 1-year ban

Former England captain turned TV commentator Mike Atherton was once accused of ball-tampering

The 102 Not Out actor said: "No harm in admitting a mistake".

Lehman, who took over as Australia coach from Mickey Arthur in 2013, now finds himself in the eye of the storm rocking the sport after young Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught tampering with the ball.

In a televised discussion with other former global captains and players on Sunday, Smith was critical of the way the Australians had conducted themselves since before the tour.

While Lehmann is expected to lose his job, Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner could be facing bans of up to a year for their part in the scandal.

Any player or member of support staff who conspired to use sticky tape in an illegal effort to scuff the ball at Newlands are also likely to be sanctioned.

Pakistan forfeited the fourth Test against England at The Oval in 2006 after they were accused of ball-tampering in 2006.

"I think I speak for all Australians in saying how shocked and disappointed we all are".

Smith will not be playing in the fourth Test in Johannesburg of Friday after being suspended and Warner has been ruled out.

Even if he is cleared of any involvement in the affair, there is clearly a mood overseas in Australia that the standards of behaviour of the national team have dropped too far under Lehmann's leadership.

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"This is deeply disappointing and certainly not what anyone expects from our national cricket team", said Qantas (QABSY), Australia's biggest airline whose name appears on the team's uniforms.

Australian cricket's investigation into the cheating plot that plunged its team into crisis and threatens the future of its captain and best player began on Monday after two senior officials arrived in South Africa to start work uncovering the extent of the rot.

If a player is caught ball-tampering, the umpire can impose a five-run penalty against the fielding side and order the replacement of the ball.Players may later be fined between 50% and 100% of their match fee and slapped with three or four demerit points.

The report added that Smith and Warner could face the most severe punishment possible.

Reports in the Australian and South African media suggest that the former fast bowler was convinced that the visitors had been doing something different on the tour which helped them work reverse swing more effectively and told the camera persons present to keep an eye out.

Meanwhile, under fire Steve Smith's participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season will be decided after CA's report, league chairman Rajeev Shukla said on Tuesday.

"If that's the case, then the Australian head coach hasn't got control of this Australian team", Clarke said on the Nine Network.

"The horror of what happened in South Africa overnight was just how our national cricketing leadership could engage in such cold-blooded, premeditated, clear-eyed CHEATING".

"You are responsible, not only to stay within the laws of the game, but also the spirit of the game as a captain of any cricketing side".

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