Former Indian cricketer and cricket commentator Aakash Chopra has showed support for Cameron Bancroft in the ball-tampering scandal, stating that he is completely with Bancroft, who has recently opened up about the three-years old scandal.
Recently, Bancroft had hinted that the Australian bowlers knew ‘something’ about the incident, however, he didn’t say this explicitly. The incident still remains unclear even after three years. In an interview with The Guardian, Bancroft had unearthed the incident and while talking he had reiterated that ‘it is self-explanatory that the bowlers might have known’.
‘If you are playing sport at the highest level you know your tools that good it’s not funny’
As a result, numerous cricketers have started opining about the incident again and from Michael Clarke to Aakash Chopra, many have offered their support to Bancroft. “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,” Clarke told Fox Cricket.
“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,” Clarke further said.
‘The bowlers knew for sure that when the ball came in the hand it has been scratched more’
Along with that, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra also supported Bancroft in while speaking in his YouTube channel. “I am with Cameron Bancroft. He has now said, it is ‘self-explanatory’ that everyone knew it. At least, definitely, the bowlers knew for sure that when the ball came in the hand it has been scratched more and the wear and tear are not looking natural,” he said.
“The fact is I refuse to believe that the rest of the players of the Australian team, especially the bowlers, it is possible an odd fringe player who is a batsman might not have known that sandpaper was being used, but if the bowlers don’t know that the ball is being tampered with and the condition is being changed, it means you are not telling the truth,” he added.
Cricket Australia reopens the Ball-Tampering Scandal after Bancroft’s comments
After the statements made by Cameron Bancroft, Cricket Australia (CA) has reached out to the batsman, who was punished for tampering the ball with sandpaper. Bancroft had recently hinted that the bowlers knew about the incident and thus, CA wants to reinvestigate the matter.
“Yes, CA’s Integrity Team has reached out to Cameron ” a source in Cricket Australia told WION.