Banned Australia cricketer Cameron Bancroft on Wednesday (Dec 26) has finally revealed the secrets behind ball tampering controversy, that saw him receiving a nine-month ban from the international cricketer. While speaking in an interview Bancroft confirmed David Warner asked him to alter the ball during the tampering scandal in South Africa and said he went along with it “to fit in”.
“Dave [Warner] suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in in the game and I didn’t know any better.I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued, really — as simple as that,” he told Adam Gilchrist in a chat. The batsman further added that he thought that if he fits into the team, he would earn respect from his peers.
“The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time and I valued fitting in … you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake. I would have gone to bed and I would have felt like I had let everybody down. I would have felt like I had let the team down. I would have left like I had hurt our chances to win the game of cricket,” he said. “I take no other responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim. I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control,” the right-handed batsman said.
“If they can look at themselves in the mirror and be really content and be really peaceful, and proud of the direction they’re going, that’s OK. If they aren’t, like me, that value will always come undone won’t it? It will present itself in the face to you and you’ll have to learn another lesson,” he added.
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17 November, 2019