“If I was Steve Smith, David Warner or Cameron Bancroft, I’d want the others publicly recognised”: Ian Chappell

Cameron Bancroft, in a recent interview with the Guardian, had suggested that more players might have known about the ball-tampering in the Test. Cricket Australia, swiftly, said that they remained open to investigation on any new information

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has commented on Aussie cricketer Cameron Bancroft’s new utterance on the ball-tampering scandal of 2018 against South Africa. Three cricketers apart from Bancroft were Steve Smith and David Warner both of whom were banned for 1 year whereas Bancroft went for 9 months.

Cameron Bancroft, in a recent interview with the Guardian, had suggested that more players might have known about the ball-tampering in the Test. Cricket Australia, swiftly, said that they remained open to investigation on any new information.

“It’s the usual backside-protecting statement. That’s all that ever goes on, as soon as there’s a controversy, it’s a rush to protect your backside,” Chappell told World Wide of Sports.

“The fact that nobody higher up was ever punished, well, that always made it just an attempt to brush it under the carpet.”

“If I was Smith, Warner, or Bancroft, I’d want the others publicly recognized for their part in what happened,” he said.

“It’s not just the fact the ball was tampered with at Newlands, it’s all the lead-up about how it got to that point, and what caused it to reach that level of stupidity.

“For it to have got that far it had to have involved a lot of people, and not just those around the team.

“It involves people way up the ladder, and the fact that none of them were enveloped, if I was one of the three that did get pinged, I’d be pretty pissed off about it.”

Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers, and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learned through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

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