Cameron Bancroft out of nowhere pulled out the ghosts of ‘Sandpaper Gate’ saga and hinted that not only Steve Smith, him and David Warner but several other players knew about the infamous incident.
The issue was once again in the limelight of the media and several former Australian cricketers slammed Cricket Australia for not properly investigating the matter.
Under pressure, the board’s Integrity Team has approached Cameron Bancroft and is waiting to hear from him, Sportskeeda quoted ANI.
“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.”
Bancroft had earlier said that it was probably self explanatory that the bowling group, including Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon were aware of the ball-tampering.
“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefitted the bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory. 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.”
Cricket Australia earlier said that it is open to reinvestigate the issue if someone has more information on the matter.
“CA has maintained all along that if anyone is in possession of new information with 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.”
Steve Smith and David Warner were handed one year ban while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months after the ‘Sandpaper gate’ incident.
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