Cameron Bancroft Contacted By CA Integrity Team To Know If He Has More Information Regarding 2018 Ball-Tampering Saga
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Cameron Bancroft Contacted By CA Integrity Team To Know If He Has More Information Regarding 2018 Ball-Tampering Saga

Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC
Cameron Bancroft With Steve Smith Photo-ICC

Cameron Bancroft revealed that more than three people may have knowledge about the Sandpaper Gate, as the fiasco has once again resurfaced and became a talking point in the cricketing world.

Now, Cricket Australia’s (CA) Integrity team has reached out to the right-handed batsman to see if he has more information to give on the issue.

Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Cameron Bancroft photographed at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Photograph: Richard Saker/The Guardian

Cameron Bancroft Who Said It Was Probably Self Explanatory That The Bowlers Were Aware Of Ball Tampering Was Contacted By CA Integrity Team

Sources within Cricket Australia confirmed to ANI that the Integrity Team has indeed reached out to Cameron Bancroft and currently they are waiting to hear from him.

“The Integrity team has reached out to Cameron Bancroft today to see if he has some new information on the issue. We are waiting for a reply from his side. He is in the UK currently so it’s still pretty early there,” the source said.

Cameron Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learnt through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images
Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

During an interview with The Guardian, Cameron Bancroft was asked if any of the bowlers knew about the ball-tampering. In his response, the Australian batsman said that he is responsible for his own actions, but added that there probably was an “awareness” about it.

Three years since the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

Cricket Australia Reached Out To Cameron Bancroft To See Whether He Has Any New Information Regarding The 2018 Cape Town Test Ball-Tampering Fiasco

Last week, a Cricket Australia spokesperson had said that the board is open to reinvestigating the issue if there is some new information.

“CA has maintained all along that if anyone is in possession of new information in regards to the Cape Town Test of 2018, they should come forward and present it. The investigation conducted at the time was detailed and comprehensive. Since then, no one has presented new information to CA that casts doubt on the investigation’s findings,” ESPNcricinfo quoted CA spokesperson as saying.

In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The incident later went on to be labeled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the darkest moments in the history of Australian cricket.

David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters
David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters

On the third day of the match, the batsman was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act.
After the conclusion of the day’s play, Cameron Bancroft and then Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted the offense that they did tamper with the ball. David Warner’s involvement in the act was also confirmed.

Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some bold calls as they first removed the captain and vice-captain of the side. Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-year ban to both Steve Smith and David Warner, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after the episode.