Cricket Australia, had earlier in the day, decided not to reduce or lift the bans on cricketers David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft despite pressure from multiple corners.

This means that the duo of Smith and Warner will miss India's tour to Australia as they continue "working hard to demonstrate their commitment to cricket".

Steve Smith and David Warner
File photo of former Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.Reuters

This decision has naturally caused a lot of murmur on social media with people arguing over the harshness of the punishment.

While Aakash Chopra believed that the ban was too harsh, some of his followers vehemently disagreed. 

Another fan supported the ban, saying it would set a good precedent.

Meanwhile, Harsha Bhogle believes that because Cricket Australia had made its stand clear with the strong punishment, they would not be able to go back on their stance. 

Smith and Warner can now only make a national team comeback after 29 March, 2019 while Bancroft may still be considered for the Test series against India once his punishment ends on December 29.