Last Update on: May 17th, 2021 at 04:16 pm
Ever since Cameron Bancroft’s recent statements erupted, the ball-tampering scandal has become a talking point once again. However, David Warner’s manager James Erskine has broken his silence, stating that Cricket Australia handled the matter poorly. James Erskine also believes that the punishment hardly fit the crime, but accepted that David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron received despicable treatment.
Former Australian skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were the only ones convicted of the offence. After Cameron Bancroft admitted that he tried to alter the condition of the ball using the sandpaper, Steve Smith revealed that the “leadership group” knew about it. Following investigations, Smith and Warner copped a year-long ban from international cricket, while Bancroft received a nine-month ban. But Bancroft’s statement has put the bowlers, including Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, and Pat Cummins under the spotlight.
James Erskine revealed that Cricket Australia did not interview all the players as the crisis was poorly handled. But Erskine believes that the whole truth would come out sooner or later; however, he thinks that people disliked the Australian team eventually due to their behaviour on the field.
“The report that was done, they didn’t interview all the players. The whole thing was so badly handled, it was a joke. But eventually the whole truth and nothing but the truth will come out and I know the whole truth. But it doesn’t serve any purpose because the Australian public over a period of time got to dislike the Australian team because they didn’t behave particularly well,” Erskine said as quoted by ANI News.
There is absolutely no doubt that Smith, Warner, and Bancroft were treated despicably: David Warner’s manager
James Erskine also highlighted that the trio received hostile treatment unnecessarily and that the punishment did not fit the actions they committed. He also feels that if one or two players challenged the verdict, they might have won the case due to what the truth was.
“There is absolutely no doubt that Smith, Warner, and Bancroft were treated despicably. The fact of the matter is they did the wrong thing but the punishment did not fit the crime. I think if one or two of those players had taken legal action they would have won because of what the truth was,” he added.
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