Australian fielder Cameron Bancroft (R) is questioned by Umpires Richard Illingworth (L) and Nigel Llong (C) during the third day of the third Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands cricket ground on March 24, 2018 in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
PHOTO: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images
Australian fielder Cameron Bancroft (R) is questioned by Umpires Richard Illingworth (L) and Nigel Llong (C) during the third day of the third Test cricket match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands cricket ground on March 24, 2018 in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:34
Australia cricket captain resigns over scandal
Fans Celebrate In Los Angeles After Lakers Win NBA Finals
PHOTO: (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
Fans Celebrate In Los Angeles After Lakers Win NBA Finals
Now playing
01:14
Kyrie Irving says Kobe Bryant should be the NBA logo
Manchester United
PHOTO: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial warms up for the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage in London on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Now playing
02:10
Racist social media abuse continues to plague UK football
Wales
PHOTO: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Anna Hursey serves during the womens team group game against Sri Lanka during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue in Gold Coast on April 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:59
Anna Hursey: 14-year-old table tennis player gets call up from Biden to support climate efforts
PHOTO: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Now playing
01:16
Tokyo 2020 torch relay to begin March 25 with infection measures in place
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured on a screen escaping his crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Peter Fox/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 is pictured on a screen escaping his crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 29, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Now playing
03:43
Life after seeing death: Romain Grosjean's journey back to racing
Tiger Woods career lookback Riddel pkg hnk vpx _00021906.png
Tiger Woods career lookback Riddel pkg hnk vpx _00021906.png
Now playing
02:35
A lookback at Tiger Woods' triumph, tragedy and trauma
In this picture taken on August 28, 2019, Iran
PHOTO: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In this picture taken on August 28, 2019, Iran's Saeid Mollaei (in white) fights against Belgium's Matthias Casse during the semi-final of the men's under 81kg category during the 2019 Judo World Championships at the Nippon Budokan, a venue for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo. - Iranian judo star Saeid Mollaei, who claimed he was ordered to deliberately lose a world championship fight, could compete under a refugee flag at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, officials said on September 1. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:03
Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei competes in Israel
PHOTO: CNN / Getty Images
Now playing
02:53
Erling Haaland: The making of Europe's next football superstar
TOPSHOT - USA
PHOTO: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - USA's gold medallist Chloe Kim poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the snowboard women's Halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
Now playing
04:36
Chloe Kim looks for 2022 Olympics glory
PHOTO: WFTS
Now playing
00:45
Tom Brady throws Super Bowl trophy from one boat to another
Paris Saint-Germain
PHOTO: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's French striker Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on February 12, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:34
Arsene Wenger: Kylian Mbappe is the new Pele
Serena Williams w/ daughter Olympia
PHOTO: @SerenaWilliams
Serena Williams w/ daughter Olympia
Now playing
00:43
Tennis legend's daughter joins her on the court
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stands on the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Cliff McBride/Getty Images
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stands on the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:43
Vincent Jackson death, Michael Jordan donates $10M for Covid clinics
PHOTO: Getty Images
Now playing
01:10
Wrexham: Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney take over Welsh football team
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 10: NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace poses for a photo at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 10: NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace poses for a photo at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:26
Bubba Wallace: How 2020 helped NASCAR driver find his voice to speak out over injustice
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
PHOTO: Matt Ludtke/AP
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Now playing
01:24
Analysis: Tom Brady is the GOAT ... period
Janja Garnbret climbs on the Trbovlje Chimney in Trbovlje, Slovenia on October 13, 2020 // Jakob Schweighofer/Red Bull Content Pool // SI202011090255 // Usage for editorial use only //
PHOTO: www.redbullmediahouse.com
Janja Garnbret climbs on the Trbovlje Chimney in Trbovlje, Slovenia on October 13, 2020 // Jakob Schweighofer/Red Bull Content Pool // SI202011090255 // Usage for editorial use only //
Now playing
02:59
Climbing Europe's tallest chimney

Story highlights

Smith is regarded as the world's best batsman

He has admitted to a plan to ball tamper

Australian banned for one Test and fined

(CNN) —  

Australia cricket captain Steve Smith has resigned as captain of Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals following the ball-tampering controversy which has rocked Australian sport.

Regarded as the best batsman in the world, Smith admitted on Sunday to orchestrating a plan to ball tamper during Australia’s third Test defeat by South Africa.

The 28-year-old has been banned for one Test and fined his entire match fee by cricket’s world governing body

In a statement, the Royals said Smith had taken the decision to stand down so that the team can prepare for the IPL “without the ongoing distractions.”

READ: Smith to sit out Test over ball tampering

India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will replace Smith.

Manoj Badale, Royals co-owner, said in a statement: “It is important that all cricket fans retain a balanced perspective on the situation.

“What happened in South Africa was clearly wrong, especially given that it appears to have been premeditated. That said, this will be a difficult time for Steve as well, given how much he cares about the game.”

The IPL starts on Saturday, April 7, with the Royals set to play their first match of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9.

Pre-planned cheating

Smith (capt) and Bancroft (L) face the media.
PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images
Smith (capt) and Bancroft (L) face the media.

Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera pulling tape from his pocket and rubbing it on the ball on day three of the third Test.

The method, used to cause the ball to swerve unpredictably in the air, goes against cricket’s code of conduct and is considered illegal within the sport.

Smith has stepped down as Australia captain for the remainder of the Test match after admitting that the team’s “leadership group” had a plan to tamper with the ball to “get an advantage.”

The batsman said that the idea of tampering with the ball was first raised at lunch Saturday. He said head coach Darren Lehmann and the other coaching staff were not aware of the plan.

Bancroft was fined 75% of his match fee, warned for his part in the affair as well as being hit by three demerit points.

The 25-year-old, playing in just his eighth Test, told reporters he “panicked” when he realized his tampering had been spotted on camera, and shoved the yellow tape that he’d pressed against the ball down his trousers.

“I saw an opportunity to potentially use some tape to get some granules from the rough patches on the wicket and try to change the ball condition,” Bancroft said. “It didn’t work.”

Rule breaking ‘totally abhorred’ by Australian public

John Buchanan, who coached the Australian cricket side from 1999 to 2007, says he expects Smith to receive further punishment.

“This one decision is a real clanger,” Buchanan, who led his country to three successive World Cup wins, told CNN World Sport. “It’s a massive decision that’s been made.

Bancroft (R) is questioned by umpires Richard Illingworth (L) and Nigel Llong (C) during the third day of the third Test.
PHOTO: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images
Bancroft (R) is questioned by umpires Richard Illingworth (L) and Nigel Llong (C) during the third day of the third Test.

“The consequences are that he will hopefully be given the opportunity to resign the captaincy, but if he doesn’t take that option then it will be taken away from him and I would have thought for good.”

Admitting that he would be in favor of Smith being stripped of the captaincy, Buchanan also added that the incident has damaged the relationship between Australia’s revered cricket team and its public.

“The notion of Australians playing outside the rules to win games is totally abhorred,” he says.

“What they’ve done here is lost the trust of the Australian public … The captain of the team is second only to the prime minister as the cliché goes. Unfortunately, this decision has broken that relationship with the Australian community.

“It’s not only about the cricket team, it’s also about how Australians are viewed, how Australian sportspeople are viewed around the world.”

Outrage from fans and former players

The scandal has caused outrage in Australia and prompted widespread calls for a full investigation from fans, former players, official sporting bodies and senior politicians, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Australian Prime Minister said he woke up “shocked and bitterly disappointed” after hearing the news of what had unfolded. He said he had spoken to Cricket Australia chairman David Peever to discuss the incident.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who expressed his anger on Twitter, later told Sports Sunday on the Nine network, that he believed Smith would be “sitting in his hotel room in tears.”

“I can’t believe the leadership group has made the decision to do this, that they’ve gone and got the young kid who’s played is eighth test match to do that … It’s premeditated cheating, it’s blatant cheating,” he tweeted.

What the papers say ...
PHOTO: PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
What the papers say ...

Peter FitzSimons, author and commentator, writing Sunday in an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, talked of the “murder of cricket.’

“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.

“It’s wrong! It is not only against the spirit of the game, but is so far the other side of the laws of the game, it’s nudging up against the murder of cricket.”