In March 2018, Bancroft was caught on digicam making an attempt to change the situation of the ball utilizing sandpaper in a Test match in opposition to South Africa in Cape Town. The incident later went on to be labelled because the ‘sandpapergate’ and is taken into account as one of the darkest moments within the historical past of Australian cricket.
“It will linger forever, whether it is someone’s book or an ad hoc interview,” Gilchrist stated on SEN’s Gilly and Goss podcast, as reported by Fox Sports.
“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 are responsible for why this will be continually asked. When they did their investigation at the time, they had Patty Howard, the high-performance general manager, Iain Roy was the integrity officer,” he added.
Further elaborating on his level, Gilchrist stated: “They went there and did this very quick review of that isolated incident and perhaps no one in the team knew. Perhaps Cam did grab the sandpaper on his own accord and walked out there and did not tell anyone.”
“There was an opportunity for CA if they were going to make such a strong statement, they needed to do a more thorough investigation to work out where the root of the problem was. Anyone would be naive to think people were not aware with what was going on about ball maintenance.
“I do not suppose Cricket Australia wished to go there. They didn’t need to go any deeper than that superficial instance of ball tampering. They didn’t examine to see whether or not it was systemic, had it been occurring and on and on. Around the cricketing globe, it was extensively accepted quite a bit of groups have been doing it.”
Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.
“Yeah, look, all I wished to do was to be accountable and accountable for my very own actions and half. Yeah, clearly what I did advantages bowlers and the notice round that, in all probability, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to ‘The Guardian’ as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“I assume one factor I learnt via the journey and being accountable is that is the place the buck stops (with Bancroft himself). Had I had higher consciousness, I might have made a significantly better choice,” he added.
On the third day of the 2018 Test in South Africa, Bancroft was caught on digicam making an attempt to alter the situation of the ball. As quickly because the clip was proven on tv, it went viral on social media and your complete cricketing fraternity condemned the act.
After the conclusion of the day’s play, Bancroft after which Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted that they did tamper with the ball. David Warner‘s involvement within the act was additionally confirmed. Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some daring calls as they first eliminated Smith and Warner because the captain and vice-captain of the facet.
Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-12 months ban to each Smith and Warner, whereas Bancroft was given a 9-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann additionally resigned after the episode.