Cameron Bancroft, the Australian cricketer who was caught red-handed tampering the ball during the 2018 South Africa Test series has made new revelations recently triggering an on-going discussion on the infamous Sandpapergate and many current and ex cricketers are coming out with their views on the issue. Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist feels that the ball-tampering scandal will keep haunting the Australian cricket for many years to come with new names and new aspects being revealed every now and then. Gilchrist added that there are other people like Bancroft who have minute details regarding the incident but are waiting for the right moment to come out and express their views.
In his latest interview, Cameron clarified that more players knew about the whole ball-tampering plot which could put the bowling unit in a spot of bother. It is to be noted that the bowlers playing the match were Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, who at the time of the incident denied having any knowledge of the plans to tamper with the ball.
“It will linger forever, whether it is someone’s book or an ad hoc interview. Eventually I think names will be named. I think there are some people who have it stored away and are ready to pull the trigger when the time is right. I think Cricket Australia (CA) are responsible for why this will be continually asked…They went there and did this very quick review of that isolated incident and perhaps no one in the team knew,” said Adam Gilchrist.
Adding to Adam Gilchrist’s observation of the issue, ex-captain Michael Clarke hinted that without a doubt more than three players were involved in the incident and he came out supporting Bancroft’s views suggesting that it would be highly impossible for the bowlers to not know about the condition of the ball as players playing at the highest level are always aware of the tools they are operating.
Speaking to Fox Cricket, Michael Clarke said, “They’ve got to hold the ball to bowl with it. I can tell you now if you went and grabbed a pen, just a pen and put a little ‘1’ somewhere on my cricket bat; on top of the handle, on the edge of the bat, on the toe of the bat, on the face, under the grip, anywhere, just a little number one, I would have noticed. If you are playing sport at the highest level you know your tools that good it’s not funny. Can you imagine that ball being thrown back to the bowler and the bowler not knowing about it? Please,”