Rod Marsh explains reason behind Australia’s ball tampering
Former selection chairman Rod Marsh believes ‘win at all costs’ mentality of Cricket Australia have led them do the ball tampering scandal in the Test series against South Africa.
Meanwhile Steve Smith, David Warner and Bancroft are still serving the bans given by the Cricket Australia, Rod brought down the topic once again to give it a headline once again.
Marsh served as a selector of Australia from 2011 to 2016 and as chairman of the panel from 2014. He labeled Australia’s culture as toxic and the board’s mentality are to be blamed for the ball tampering scandal.
Marsh told News Corp:
“It wasn’t around when I was a player [but] it was around when I was a selector. At every meeting it was said we had to get to number one in every format. I felt extremely sorry for Davey Warner. Still the worse thing happened was when Steve Smith and Cam Bancroft going up in front the press at the end of the day’s play. That wasn’t necessary. It caused all the problems,”
“Look, I will always support the players and there’s a reeason for these things happening. They were under an enormous amount of pressure to win. It’s win, win, win, win, win at all costs, which is not the way the game is meant to be played.”
The former chairman also explained how bad things had become in Australia.
“When it did come to a head, I think Cricket Australia realised they were to blame and the only way they could escape public scrutiny (to a degree, at least) was by imposing these penalties on the three players involved. They would have been delighted to tell David Warner about his punishment, as they would still have been seething over the role he played in the MoU saga the year before — another example of how bad things had become.”
Warner and Smith’s 1 year ban will end on 27th March, 2019, while Bancroft’s ban will end on January.