In between the Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, many has forgotten the 25-year old batsman Cameron Bancroft who also faced a nine-month ban after found guilty of ball-tampering in his 8th Test match.
After arriving back home, a heartbroken Bancroft on Thursday faced the media and expressed regret and asked for forgiveness to the nation. He also said he will now live a lifetime of regret.
Bancroft said: “I want to say that I am very sorry. I love the game of cricket and playing for my nation and my state there is no greater pride for me. I am extremely disappointed and regret my actions. I am sorry to the people who have looked up to me around the world, especially the kids. I know I’m a role model and haven’t acted like one in this instance.”
He added: “I understand that I have let people down and I understand the disappointment in the broader community. Words don’t mean much in these circumstances, so I will focus on my actions and my conduct going forward.”
Bancroft’s statement includes: “Not a second has gone by since last Saturday evening when I haven’t wanted to turn back time and do the right thing in the lunch break. It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. It is something I will look to improve on and earn the respect back of the community.”
“All I can do in the short term is ask for forgiveness, I hope you can allow it in your hearts to allow me to progress on that journey. For now, I will do the best to contribute to the community.”
Something that broke Bancroft’s heart: “Through the last few days and sitting in my own company the thing that breaks my heart the most is the fact I’ve just given up my spot in the team to somebody else for free. People know that I’ve worked so hard to be able to get to this point in my career and to know that I’ve given somebody else an opportunity for free is devastating to me.”