Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke said that it is not surprising that more than three people knew about the ball-tampering scandal. His comments came after Cameron Bancroft’s new revelation to the Australian media saying that the bowlers were aware about the incident as well. Cricket Australia has said that they will be investigating the case from scratch if any new evidence comes up.
Apart from Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner were also handed 12 months ban for their roles in the scandal. But no other player was found to be involved by CA after a thorough investigation.
The 2015 ODI World Cup-winning Australia captain further said that he does not think anybody is surprised to find out more than three people might have known. Speaking on Sky Sports’ Big Sports Breakfast, Michael Clarke said that he feels there is no way bowlers would not have known about it.
Not Surprised That More Than 3 People Knew: Michael Clarke
“What’s the surprise? That more than three people knew? I don’t think anybody who has played the game of cricket or knows a little bit about cricket would know that in a team like that, at the highest level, when the ball is such an important part of the game. I don’t think anybody is surprised that more than three people knew about it,” he said.
Michael Clarke further said that it was impossible for the bowlers to not know about it given the fact that they have got to hold the ball and bowl with it. He said that Bancroft’s admission to the Australian media was about how many more people knew about the ball-tampering scandal more than admitting his own guilt.
“I love how the articles in the paper are ‘it is such a big surprise that Cameron Bancroft has made a …’ Actually if you read his quotes it is not what he did say as what he didn’t say in regards to other people knowing about sandpapergate,” Clarke said.