Cameron Bancroft with the Australian cricket team (Photo courtesy-cbancroft4)
28-year-old Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft has said that the Australian bowlers were aware of ball tempering in the Sandpaper Gate scandal. Bancroft was banned for six months after being caught in a ball tampering case.
New Delhi. Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has said that the Australian bowlers were aware of the incident of ball tempering. Bancroft was caught on camera rubbing the ball with sandpaper in the Test played against South Africa in Cape Town in 2018. After this, Cricket Australia had banned him for six months, blaming him for ball tampering. Cricket Australia also blamed captain Steve Smith and David Warner for the incident and imposed a one-year ban on these two players. In an interview to The Guardian, when Bancroft was asked if any bowler knew about it? In his response, the Australian batsman said that he himself is responsible for his actions, but also said that perhaps there was ‘information’ about it. He said, ‘See, all I wanted was to be responsible and accountable for what I did on the field. Yes, it is clear that the bowlers benefited from what I did and there was no need for any separate awareness about it. Everyone knew what they were doing? He said that if I had better awareness, I would have taken a better decision. When asked again in clear words, “So did some bowlers know?” According to the report, Bancroft hesitatedly replied, “Oops … see, I think yes.” Speaking further on the incident, Bancroft said he was disappointed with his actions, but learned from his mistakes. He said, “I was definitely disappointed because I disappointed the team and did an act that completely compromised my values. It felt like I had thrown a lot.” Bancroft said, “I invested too much to the point where I lost control of my values. What became important to me was to be liked. Feeling really important to my teammates, like I was in cricket Something was contributing using the sandpaper on the ball. It’s something I don’t think I could understand until the mistake was made. But it’s part of the journey and I need a hard lesson to learn. ‘ Also read:Vaughan falls behind Virat Kohli, says Kane Williamson will score more runs than Indian captain in England England’s big stars will not play against New Zealand, mental health affected due to lockdown The batsman said, ‘Yes, every mistake I made is not worthy of forgiveness but for whatever I have learned about myself and life, I am thankful for the mistake in a way. It has been an interesting journey and I will not change it for the world. It changed me. It has also taught me how to deal with the anxiety and frustration that comes with cricket and everyday life. There are always challenges. When this happens, you are able to stay as balanced as possible.