Batting legend Ricky Ponting feels bans on the Australian trio regarding ‘Sandpaper gate‘ is a beneficial shock for world cricket.
The then Australia skipper Steven Smith, his deputy David Warner and the batsman Cameron Bancroft received lengthy bans for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal. The ‘Sandpaper Gate’ took place on the South Africa tour in March early this year.
However, Smith and his deputy Warner received a ban of 12 months, whereas, the newcomer, Bancroft received the prohibition of nine months for his role.
Ricky Ponting discussed this issue in Lord’s where the two-day meeting concluded with Marylebone Cricket Club.
Punter, who is a member of World Cricket Committee revealed the highlights of this meeting. In a press conference, the former great said,
“As a group, we were talking about the stance Cricket Australia took and how harsh that stance might have seemed to ban players for 12 months and nine months respectively,”
The most successful captain of Australia believes that ball-tampering controversy had shocked the cricketing world.
He further said the outcome was probably a desired one. Ponting made sure that ICC will receive the support of him on such a stance to penalize anyone who steps out with such a line.
Ponting’s take on Edgbaston Test pitch
Ricky Ponting also suggested the fair pitches adds the quality of a Test match. He congratulated Edgbaston groundsman on preparing a right tone for both batsmen and bowlers.
Punter believes such pitches would eradicate potential problems in Test cricket arena. He termed this Test “fantastic Test match” where England beat India by 31 runs.
“If you batted well enough, you could make runs, and if you bowled well enough, you could take wickets.”
“I think the reason reverse-swing has become such a big issue in the past ten years. The wickets have got flatter and flatter and there’s nothing in it for the bowlers. They have been trying to find a way to keep themselves in the contest.”