'Every board is different' - Smith reacts to Pooran's ball-tampering ban
Steve Smith claimed to have no qualms about the four-match suspension handed to West Indies' Nicholas Pooran for ball-tampering compared to the year-long ban he received for a similar crime.
Pooran was suspended by the International Cricket Council for four T20I games after being spotted deliberately altering the condition of the ball with his thumbnail during the third ODI against Afghanistan.
In contrast, Smith and opening batsman David Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months when the trio were found guilty of conspiring to tamper with the ball using sandpaper in Cape Town last year.
Smith shrugged off feeling "hard done by" by the unequal punishments.
"Everyone is different, every board is different, and the way they deal with certain issues," he told reporters in Brisbane - the venue of Australia's opening Test against Pakistan.
"For me, I copped it on the chin... it is what it is.
"I don't feel hard done by. It was a long time ago now. I've moved past it and I'm focusing on the present."
'He'll learn from his mistake'
Smith and Pooran were teammates for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League and the former Australian skipper believed the 24-year-old would learn from his mistake and get in the right headspace to reflect on his actions.
"I know Nicholas, I've played a bit of cricket with him and he's a talented player and someone with a bright future," said Smith.
Smith himself bounced back from his ban with an astronomical sum of runs in the Ashes series in England earlier this summer and is set to play his first Test at home in almost two years.
"I think he'll learn from his mistake and move past it," he added regarding Pooran.
Meanwhile, the West Indies youngster had publicly apologized for engaging in ball-tampering and promised this to be a one-off incident.
"I recognise that I made an extreme error in judgement and I fully accept the ICC penalty," Pooran said.
"I want to assure everyone that this is an isolated incident and it will not be repeated. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wiser."