Cricket Australia Bars Women’s Team From Talking On Sandpaper Gate
Cricket Australia has barred Australian women’s team from talking on the matter of ball tampering which came up yesterday.
As per reports, the media manager of Australia’s women team – Australia’s women’s team is in India to play T20I tri-series – barred any questions on the ball tampering row during the press conference.
There is a clear indication that Cricket Australia does not want its players to discuss the matter in public as the captain has accepted that he planned to temper the ball.
On the third day of the third Test match, Australian opener Cameron Bancroft was found rubbing sandpaper on one side of the ball.
He did not know that he had been caught.
Once Darren Lehman – Head Coach of Australia – knew that the player had been caught, he, with the aid of substitute player (Peter Handscomb), delivered the message to Bancroft.
He tried to put the sandpaper in his pants, but until then, the incident of him rubbing sandpaper on the ball was aired.
Umpires soon came into play and took away the sandpaper.
Questions regarding ball tampering were obvious during the post day presser.
Steven Smith accepted that it was the plan of the team to change the condition of the ball to get undue advantage.
Bancroft was given the job to tamper the ball.
The after effects have come out as the team has received criticism from all around the world.
Former players have criticised the Australian team too.
In fact, Michael Clarke has even suggested to come out retirement to lead the team again.
Australian PM, Malcolm Turnbull, also commented on the matter and called it a disappointment.
Until the end of the third Test, Cricket Australia has withdrawn Smith and David Warner as captain and vice-captain.
Tim Paine has been named stand-in captain for the remaining two days of the Test match.
It will only be after the end of the Test match that ICC and CA will take action against players involved.
Meanwhile, Australia women’s team faces India tomorrow.
A win in tomorrow’s game will put Australia in the final along with England.
While if India wins the game, the race will still be open for all the three teams.
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