Steve Waugh Deeply Affected by the Ball Tampering Scandal
Former Australian World-Cup winning skipper and one of the most respected skippers of all time, Steve Waugh stated that the players who were involved in the ball tampering scandal against South Africa during the 2nd Test at the Newlands in Cape Town failed to live up to the expectations of the baggy green. He wrote down an emotional post and shared it on his facebook handle.
He lamented on the particular incident and said that it might ruin the reputation of Australia for a long time. It was ridiculous from the Australian leadership group to even think of pulling off this heinous act despite having several cameras around them. The sheer audacity to even think of such a planned ball tampering gives a wrong signal to the whole cricketing world.
Taking to his Facebook handle, Waugh wrote:
“Like many I’m deeply troubled by the events in Cape Town this last week, and acknowledge the thousands of messages I have received, mostly from heartbroken cricket followers worldwide.
“The Australian Cricket team has always believed it could win in any situation against any opposition, by playing combative, skilful and fair cricket, driven by our pride in the fabled Baggy Green. I have no doubt the current Australian team continues to believe in this mantra, however, some have now failed our culture, making a serious error of judgement in the Cape Town Test Match.
“In 2003, we modified the Spirit of Cricket document originally created by the M.C.C., to empower our players to set their own standards and commit to play the Australian way. We must urgently revisit this document, re-bind our players to it and ensure the Spirit in which we play is safe-guarded for the future of the sport, and to continue to inspire the dreams of every young kid picking up a bat and ball and for every fan who lives and breathes the game.
“A focused and balanced perspective is needed in the condemnation on those involved in this, with a clear and critical consideration to the social impact and mental health of all players. I will support all positive action to ensure an outcome for the betterment of the game, regaining the trust and faith of every fan of cricket.”
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