Legendary South African all-rounder and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach, Jacques Kallis, reckons the recent ball-tampering row, which eclipsed the game of cricket, is a major ‘wake-up call’ for the players in general.
The cricketing fraternity was shell-shocked by the Steven Smith and his men admitting to cheating. Thus, bringing disrepute to the gentlemen’s game.
As a result of this, CA handed a one-year ban on the two pillars of Australian cricket; Smith, and David Warner. Cameron Bancroft, on the other hand, was slapped a ban for nine months.
The incident caused a massive outrage in Australia.
So much so, even the Prime Minister of the country Malcolm Turnbull condemned the actions of the ‘leadership group’.
“I think there has been a lot of media and a lot of talk over what has happened in the last few days,” Jacques Kallis told New Indian Express.
“I can’t add to that too much but I think it’s just been a wake-up call for everyone in international cricket. We need to look at this game and make sure we play in the right spirit and the right way,” stated the KKR coach during jersey launch at the team hotel.
Would like to see KKR play hard and fair: Jacques Kallis
Further, Kallis insisted that players should take a lesson, from this incident, on where to draw the line.
“It’s just made players all around the world aware that you have to be careful of what you do. So like I said it’s going to be a big wake up call,” added Kallis.
The man with over 25,000 International runs and 570 wickets, stressed that cricket should be played in hard and fair manner.
“What I will be pressing upon my players is that we play the game hard but we play fair. It’s pretty much how I would like to see KKR play and that’s how we have been playing in the past,” concluded Jacques Kallis.