Former ICC Elite Panel umpire Ian Gould on Thursday recalled the 2018 sandpapergate scandal that rocked Cricket Australia, and mentioned that Australia cricket crew was out of management two-three years before the incident came about. During the third Day of the Newlands Test towards South Africa in March 2018, Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on digicam rubbing the ball with what seemed to be sandpaper. He was additionally caught shoving the sandpaper down his pants.
The incident led to huge backlash everywhere in the world, with Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison coming closely down on the three gamers concerned – skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and fielder Bancroft. Smith and Warner were given a yr-ban for his or her position within the incident whereas Bancroft confronted a six-month ban.
Gould, who retired final yr, was the TV umpire of that match and was the one who noticed the footage and relayed it to the on-subject umpires. Speaking on the ball-tampering Gould advised Daily Telegraph: “If you look back on it now, Australia were out of control probably two years, maybe three years, before that, but not in this sense. Maybe – behavioural, chatty, being pretty average people.”
He additional went on so as to add that he didn’t realise how massive the incident would turn out to be. “I didn’t realise what the repercussions would be. But when it came into my earpiece I didn’t think the Prime Minister of Australia was going to come tumbling down on these three guys. All I thought was – Jesus, how do I put this out to the guys on the field without making it an overreaction,” he mentioned.
“It was a bit like on Mastermind when the light is on top of you and you’re going – oh dear, how do I talk through this?” he added.
“When the director said, ‘He’s put something down the front of his trousers,’ I started giggling, because that didn’t sound quite right. Obviously, what’s come from it is for the betterment of Australian cricket – and cricket generally,” he additional mentioned.
“If you saw the balls, you would get it completely wrong. At the end of the day, the sandpaper didn’t get on that ball. They were working to get the ball to be pristine. Once they’d got one side bigger and shinier, that’s when the sandpaper was coming in,” he added.
Ball-tampering was classed as a degree two offence below the ICC Code of Conduct, but it surely has since been elevated to a degree three class, which carries a ban of as much as six Tests or 12 ODIs.
(With PTI inputs)