Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has accepted the nine-month ban imposed by Cricket Australia (CA), in March. The 25-year old batsman has delivered the news using his social media channels to his fans.
Bancroft was found guilty in the ball tampering scandal that shook the cricketing world and Australian public in nutshell. The board has quickly probed an investigation, found David Warner, Steve Smith and Bancroft as guilty in the incident.
Earlier in the day, Smith accepted the sanctions placed on him. The youngster followed his ex-skipper’s path and hours later revealed the news.
“Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down,” Bancroft tweeted.
“I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support,” he added.
Today I lodged the paperwork with Cricket Australia and will be accepting the sanction handed down. I would love to put this behind me and will do whatever it takes to earn back the trust of the Australian public. Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support
— Cameron Bancroft (@cbancroft4) April 4, 2018
Warner is yet to decide on his appeal:
Bancroft had apologized to the Australian public as well as cricketing world after returning from South Africa. However, David Warner, who is the third player to be sanctioned has yet to decide on his appeal.
The 31-year old has time until 5 pm local time tomorrow to appeal on the sanctions he was charged with. Warner had flown to Melbourne yesterday and told reporters that he will discuss the terms with his advisers.
Just like Steve Smith, Warner was also handed a twelve-month ban from playing cricket in Australia. However, the southpaw was stripped from eligibility to lead Australian cricket team ever in the future.
He can never captain Australia in the future, which is a serious blow to Warner. On the other hand, post the sandpaper gate, Cameron Bancroft was also excluded from his county deal with Somerset.
The incident also saw head coach Darren Lehmann step down from his position at the end of the series.
Whereas, there are also indications from Cricket Australia about an investigation into the team culture of men’s cricket team.
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