Bancroft reveals shock reason for doing ball-tampering
Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft addressed to the media for the first time where he opened up about the ball-tampering saga and revealed the reason behind being involved in it.
Despite Steve Smith being the captain of the side, it was the vice-captain David Warner who planned the plot and Bancroft revealed that it was Warner’s suggestion to alter the condition of the ball in order to fit in and feel valued in the side.
Bancroft told in an interview with Fox Sports –
“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,” Bancroft said. “I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued, really — as simple as that.”
The 26-year old further explained that he would feel guilty if he would have agreed what the team said to him to do and claims that the decision was based around his values.
“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.”
“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,” Bancroft added.
After the ball-tampering scandal, questions were raised and Cricket Australia (CA) were blamed for creating a culture of ‘winning without counting costs’. And Bancroft too has a question to the Australian board –
“The reason why it was painful is because the truth hurts. Maybe in that review there was some truths that were pretty hard to accept. What does that bring? It brings an amazing opportunity to do something about it. Only Cricket Australia will know if they are being true to themselves, to be able to own up to some of those recommendations.”
“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 concluded.