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Cameron Bancroft: Warner Suggested Me To Tamper With Ball

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

Days after Steve Smith explained his involvement in the hideous ball tampering scandal, fellow banned cricketer Cameron Bancroft on Wednesday unfolded the details of the sandpaper saga for the first time since receiving a nine-month ban from the international cricket.

In an exclusive interview with Adam Gilchrist for Fox Sports, Bancroft claimed that the then vice-captain was the mastermind of the derailed strategy at Newlands. The 26-year-old right-handed batsman revealed that David Warner, who also handed 12-month ban, encouraged him to try to tamper with the ball in Cape Town. 

“Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out
on the ball given the situation we were in the game and
I didn’t know any better.”

Bancroft said he didn’t know any better because he wanted to “fit in and feel valued”. However, he said that he was not a victim because he had a choice to not to carry on with the plan. 

Admitting his involvement, Bancroft said the decision was based around his values in the team and he took the responsibility of his action.

“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.”

Bancroft is set to return to first clash cricket with Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League game against Hobart Hurricanes on December 30. Warner and Smith could both return to the game during the ODI series against Pakistan in March-April.