But speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Sutherland confirmed that captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were the only players with prior knowledge and all three players had been sent home from the tour immediately. David Warner, Smith's deputy is also involved.
The replacement players will fly to Johannesburg over the next 24 hours to join the squad for the fourth Test against South Africa.
Richardson delivered a strident assessment of recent events alongside the punishments. "The three replacement players are Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns", Cricket Australia release said.
It has also cost him the captaincy of Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals, who announced on Monday that he had agreed to step aside, to be replaced by Ajinkya Rahane. The game needs to have a hard look at itself.
The difference between this tampering case and others, though, is the clear premeditation by the Australians, the method of trying to tamper with the ball, the attempts to hide it when queried by on-field umpires and their previous condemnation of cheating, which now appears to be hypocritical. "It is about how we play the game". In addition and most importantly member countries need to show more accountability for their teams' conduct. "We have to raise the bar across all areas".
Hussain further added that Australia coach Darren Lehmann has questions to answer about the ball-tampering scandal engulfing his team.
The former England batsman wrote on Twitter: "Slept on it..."
"The leadership group knew about it". He retired from test cricket in 2015 but is still active in the sport.
"He will continue to coach the Australian men's team under his current contract", Mr Sutherland said.
"It is not a good day for Australian cricket", he added.
The real and lasting damage, however, is to Australia's cricket reputation and the boos from the Cape Town crowd directed at Smith, Bancroft and Warner, specifically, and the Australian team in general, may take a long time to fade away.
"When he returns from suspension, if the right people are put in place, he has to fit into the ideals and the values of cricket the un-Australian way, the new way, where you respect your opponent, where you respect your teammate, where you respect the game". The Australian prime minister said he expected cricket bosses to take "decisive action soon".
"All three players that have been reported will leave tomorrow (Wednesday)".
Major brands are expressing their dismay at the scandal that has rocked Australia's prestigious national cricket team.
"How can our team be engaged in treating (cricket) like this? They're struggling but I think probably the reality and the enormity is starting to sink in". "I'm not sure what's going to happen", he said. It honestly seems beyond belief.
Smith said after play on Saturday he would not quit.