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Adam Gilchrist reacts to Cameron Bancroft’s comments on the ball-tampering scandal

May 17, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist believes that the ball-tampering incident will hound Australian cricket for many years. With new names coming up, the veteran reckoned that more people like him have information on the plot. Hence, they are waiting for the right time to pull the trigger. The infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town is back in the news after a statement from Cameron Bancroft. He was one of the 3 players found guilty in the investigation. However, the cricketer indicated that the involvement of the bowlers was self-explanatory. After the incident, Australia's Bancroft was given a 9-month ban. On the other hand, Steve Smith and David Warner were handed a 12-month ban for their roles in the ball-tampering incident.

Open to reinvestigating the problem if anyone has new information about the incident: CA

The statement by Bancroft has put the bowling department in trouble. This includes the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon. Former Australia cricketer Adam Gilchrist believes Cricket Australia has mishandled the investigation. Thus, this had led to several lingering questions over the Sandpaper gate incident. The former wicketkeeper-batsman added that one day all the names would be disclosed. Adam Gilchrist also stated that it would be naive to think that only Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were aware of the situation. The former also mentioned that CA made it look like an isolated incident without probing if the ball-tampering was systematically accompanying Australian cricket.

Agreeing with Adam Gilchrist's views, Michael Clarke stated that it's beyond doubt that more than three players knew about the incident. The former Australian skipper has backed Bancroft's statements. Clarke believes that at the highest level of cricket, it is impossible for bowlers not to know if someone has tampered with the ball. Clarke stated that a bowler at an international level would definitely know within seconds if someone has tampered with the ball or has done something with it. Cricket Australia has hinted that it's open to reinvestigating the issue if anyone has new information about the incident. Thus, it now remains to be seen what impact Adam Gilchrist and Michael Clarke's comments will have on it.

CA's Executive General Manager of National Teams, Ben Oliver, has also confirmed that CA's integrity unit members had written to Cameron Bancroft. They had offered him the chance to provide them with any additional details relating to the 2018 incident.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh