The re-opening of the 3-year-old controversy has once again caused a stir in the Australian Cricket and Cricket Australia is back in the process of handling the matter.
Australia's three cricketers were caught in 2018 ball tempering
Sandpaper Gate Controversy (Ball-Tampering)
In Australian cricket, once again, the Sandpaper Gate controversy has caused panic. An interview of Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was convicted in this shameful incident three years old, has renewed the controversy. Bancroft said that possibly the team’s fast bowlers were also aware of this action during that incident. Ever since this statement by the Australian batsman, questions have started to be raised about the rest of the players and management of the Australian team in the matter. While Australian cricket is facing this dispute again, on the cricket field, it has got support from the former captain of their biggest rival country England. England’s Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan believes that the controversy has already ended and now there is a need to move on from it.
In this 2018 controversy, Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing the ball with sandpaper during the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Bancroft and then Australian captains – vice-captains Steve Smith and David Warner – were banned. These days Cameron Bancroft, playing in the county championship in England, has now given an interview recently to the newspaper The Guardian. In this, when asked questions related to the information of the bowlers, he said that perhaps the bowlers also had information about it.
These episodes ended long ago (Sandpaper Gate)
Since the interview of Bancroft, the needle of suspicion on the top bowlers of the Australia cricket team has turned. However, former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that there is no point in igniting the controversy now. Vaughan tweeted his opinion on Monday 17 May and said,
“The bowlers probably knew about the ball in Cape Town. Absolutely he knew, but of course this episode has already ended a long time ago. Now go ahead with it. “
So the bowlers potentially knew about the ball in Cape Town !!! Of course they did but surely that episode has been put to bed a long time ago … Let’s move on … #OnOn
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 17, 2021
Cricket Australia contacted Bancroft
Cricket Australia has become active again after the latest developments. Already, the Australian board, which has suffered a lot due to this case, is now facing allegations that they did not think it was right to get to the bottom of the case in the first place and completed the investigation only by banning the players. At present, the Integrity Unit of Cricket Australia has contacted Bancroft after this interview and asked if they would like to give any further information in this matter to the board.