The Cricket Australia Board made a decision to take action themselves and gave staggering one-year bans from global and domestic cricket to both Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, while Bancroft received nine months.
"I don't blame anyone, I'm the captain of the Australian team and I take responsibility for the actions that happened". "It was a failure of leadership", Smith said, choking back tears as he was comforted by his father Peter.
"This has caused damage to the game as a whole and certainly to Cricket Australia".
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith looks down as he addresses the media, as his father Peter looks on, after arriving at Sydney International Airport, March 29, 2018.
The report states that Warner was the "ring-leader" of the ball-tampering scandal which took place at lunch during day three of the third Test versus South Africa.
Apologies also came in from Warner, declared the chief plotter, and Bancroft, the man who was entrusted the job of tampering the ball with a sand paper. "I just want to say I am sorry for the pain I have brought to Australia, the fans and the public, it is devastating and I am truly sorry", Smith said. The thing that breaks my heart the most is that I've given up my spot in the team for free. I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisors.
The opening batsman was suspended from global and state cricket for 12 months on Wednesday and banned from ever holding a leadership position in the test team again for his role in the cheating in Cape Town.
"You've heard all sorts of stories about ball tampering; all these things have gone on over time and now is the time to draw a line". It's been my life and I hope it can be again. "We're only playing a game". They are my actions and I'm accountable.
Smith, who was part of the "leadership group", admitted to charges of ball tampering, which took place during the third Test match in Cape Town, and stood down from captaining the side in the remaining days of the same Test.
Lehmann has chose to stand down from his role despite being cleared of any wrongdoing by the Cricket Australia investigation.
"If (the) integrity officer has been thorough and interviewed people and he's satisfied that Darren Lehmann didn't know specifically what was going on at the time, I'm very relaxed", Border told Fox Sports.
"I think for me, my week has been around good people make mistakes, and I've made a big mistake by allowing this to happen".