New Delhi: In the year 2018, there was a case of ball tampering in a Test match played between South Africa and Australia (SA vs AUS) in Cape Town (Capetown). Cricket Australia had convicted Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the Ball Tampering case.
Ball tempering may be investigated again
Australian bowler Cameron Bancroft was banned for 9 months. Now this player has made a big disclosure about the incident of ball tempering, which has created panic in the cricket world. If the news is to be believed then after the latest statement of Bancroft, Cricket Australia can start a re-investigation in the Sandpaper Gate case. It is highly possible that the names of many players can be revealed after investigation.
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Bancroft’s big disclosure on ball tempering
Cameron Bancroft has told in an interview to ‘The Guardian’ that Australian bowlers knew about the incident of ball tempering. Bancroft said, ‘Look, all I wanted was to be responsible 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 he was asked again in clear terms that a bowler knew. Then he said, ‘Uff … see, I think yes’.
‘Lessons by mistake’
Cameron Bancroft said, ‘I was definitely disappointed because I disappointed the team and did a thing that completely compromised my principles. It felt like I had thrown a lot. I invested too much to the point where I lost control over my principles. What became important to me was to be liked. Feeling really important for my colleagues, like I was contributing something by using sandpaper on a cricket ball. There is something that I don’t think I could understand until a mistake was made. But this is part of the journey and I need a difficult lesson to learn.
‘Mistake is not capable of forgiveness’
Cameron Bancroft further said, ‘Yes, every mistake I made is not worth forgiving, but I am thankful for all the mistakes I have learned about myself and life. 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 despair that comes with cricket and everyday life. There are always challenges. When this happens, you are able to stay balanced as much as possible.