Former Australian skipper Steve Smith, who has been acquitted for ball-tampering during a match against South Africa, has apologised for the incident during a press conference.
While answering questions to the media, Steve broke down into tears and said, â€˜â€™I am sorry. Want to make it clear that as captain of the Australia Cricket team I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgment and I now understand the consequencesâ€™â€™.
â€˜â€™I will do everything I can do to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused. If any good can come of this, it can be a lesson to others, and I hope can be a cause for change,â€™â€™ he added.
Steve Smith along with David Warner was identified as the chief plotter in the incident which led to one-year bans on both the players.
Earlier on Thursday, Warner took to Twitter to apologise for the incident and wrote, "To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back to Sydney. Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket''.
"I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans. Itâ€™s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy,â€™â€™ Warner added.
However, Cricket Australia has cleared coachÂ Darren LehmannÂ of any wrongdoing, insisting that he was not aware of the plan hatched by the trio.