Earlier in the day, (September 26th), an apology made by Sportsbet, following its wrongful offering of Steve-Smith related markets in Sydney Premier League was accepted by Cricket Australia.
Cricket Australia confirmed this news on its website, however, following this incident, the Sydney Cricket Association issued an urgent mail to all clubs and warned them that players would face a ban if their actions bring disrepute to the game.
Back in the previous week, just before Smith could make his return to club cricket, which will be his first appearance on Australian soil ever since the ball-tampering fiasco, Sportsbet went on to open up three markets.
Steve Smith eventually made his comeback to Australian cricket as he features for Sutherland against Mosman at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Options of betting on Smith scoring a half-century, century or taking a wicket were available. The former captain of the Australia cricket team went on to score 85 runs and also took a wicket.
Within just a matter of time of the market’s opening, it attracted a lot of verbal interest from grade cricketer all over Sydney, Although Fairfax Media said that it did not find any instance of players betting on Smith.
Given that each and every player participating in the Sydney Premier Cricket is technically not bound by a code of conduct that restricts them from betting on matches is an instant red flag for Cricket NSW, the SCA, and Cricket Australia.