English pace bowler Stuart Broad has revealed that he feels bad for outgoing Australia coach Darren Lehmann and the three Australian cricketers.
However, the Englishman Broad was quick to suggest that he cannot defend the actions of the people involved in ball tampering scandal.
Cricket Australia (CA) had taken strict actions against Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft after the sandpaper gate in Cape Town. Lehmann had also suggested to step down post the final ongoing Test match against South Africa.
However, Broad has had the not-so-good relationship with Lehmann in the past. He has insisted that he does not have any malicious joy over his exit.
The duo came across with the war of words back in 2013, when Broad edged a ball but stood his ground.
“I hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go. and I hope he cries and he goes home,” Lehmann said at the time.
The quick revealed his Twitter account was bombarded with notifications. However, he reiterated that he does not want any cricketing personnel in the current state of Australian players or coach.
“When he resigned from his post as head coach last week, my Twitter notifications were very busy with interest,” Broad wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“I want to say not one bit of me wants to see him or any player or coach in that sort of state. To see him talking about his family was really tough,” Broad added.
Cricket Australia had investigated the incident post the Day 3 in Cape Town test. TV camera at Newlands caught Bancroft using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball.
“All the guys involved have said they made mistakes and now they just have to accept the punishments that have been served up to them. But I do feel for them as people,” Broad remarked.
Last Wednesday, Australian board had punished Steve Smith and David Warner with the 12-month ban. Board hands over nine-month ban to youngster Bancroft.
Stuart Broad also felt sympathy for both Steve Smith and David Warner in his column.
“They looked absolutely devastated and as a cricketer, it’s difficult not to feel for them in having to miss playing for their country for 12 months. They must feel dreadful,” Broad stated.
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