Sandpaper Gate Incident Will Linger Forever, Says Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist, former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman said Cricket Australia needed to do a more thorough investigation into the Sandpaper Gate incident after it happened and it is due to this reason that the issue will keep on lingering forever. In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. Cricket Australia Would’ve Made More Thorough Investigation In Sandpaper Gate Incident, Says Adam Gilchrist The incident later went on to be labelled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the

Sandpaper Gate Incident Will Linger Forever, Says Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist, former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman said Cricket Australia needed to do a more thorough investigation into the Sandpaper Gate incident after it happened and it is due to this reason that the issue will keep on lingering forever.

In March 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to change the condition of the ball using sandpaper in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months for his role in the ball-tampering affair Gallo Images/Getty Images

Cricket Australia Would’ve Made More Thorough Investigation In Sandpaper Gate Incident, Says Adam Gilchrist

The incident later went on to be labelled as the ‘Sandpaper Gate’ and is considered as one of the darkest moments in the history of Australian cricket.

“It will linger forever, whether it is someone’s book or an ad hoc interview,” Adam Gilchrist said on SEN’s Gilly and Goss podcast, as reported by Fox Sports.

“Eventually I think names will be named. I think there are some people who have it stored away and are ready to pull the trigger when the time is right. I think Cricket Australia is responsible for why this will be continually asked. When they did their investigation at the time they had Patty Howard the high-performance general manager, Iain Roy was the integrity officer,” Adam Gilchrist added.

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Adam Gilchrist (Credits: Twitter)

Further elaborating on his point, Adam Gilchrist said: “They went there and did this very quick review of that isolated incident and perhaps no one in the team knew. Perhaps Cam did grab the sandpaper on his own accord and walked out there and did not tell anyone.”

“There was an opportunity for CA if they were going to make such a strong statement they needed to do a more thorough investigation to work out where the root of the problem was. Anyone would be naive to think people were not aware of what was going on about ball maintenance.

“I don’t think Cricket Australia wanted to go there. They did not want to go any deeper than that superficial example of ball-tampering. They did not investigate to see whether it was systemic had it been going on and on and on. Around the cricketing globe, it was widely accepted a lot of teams were doing it.”

Steven Smith and David Warner returned to the national team’s fold just before the 2019 ODI World Cup, while Cameron Bancroft has since struggled to break back in.

Three years since the Cape Town Test, Cameron Bancroft, while not having taken any names, has seemingly admitted that Australia’s bowling attack consisting of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Mitchell Marsh knew he was scuffing the ball up with sandpaper.

During his career, Adam Gilchrist played for Australia in 96 Test matches and 287 One-day internationals. Adam Gilchrist holds the unique record of scoring at least 50 runs in successive World Cup finals (in 1999, 2003, and 2007). His 149 off 104 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final is rated one of the greatest World Cup innings of all time.

Cameron Bancroft Would Have Made A Much Better Decision If He Had Better Awareness

Cameron Bancroft, who is playing county cricket in Durham, said it was ‘probably self-explanatory’ whether the bowlers were aware that the ball was being tampered with.

“Yeah, look, all I wanted to do was to be responsible and accountable for my own actions and part. Yeah, obviously what I did benefits bowlers, and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” Bancroft said to the Guardian interviewer Donald McRae as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I guess one thing I learned through the journey and being responsible is that’s where the buck stops [with Bancroft himself]. Had I had better awareness I would have made a much better decision,” he added.

When he was further stressed, Bancroft replied: “Uh… yeah, look, I think, yeah, I think it’s pretty probably self-explanatory.”

David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters
David Warner and Steve Smith, Reuters

On the third day of the match, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera trying to alter the condition of the ball. As soon as the clip was shown on television, it went viral on social media and the entire cricketing fraternity condemned the act.

After the conclusion of the day’s play, Cameron Bancroft and then Australia skipper admitted that they tampered with the ball. David Warner’s involvement in the infamous act was also confirmed. Australia went on to lose the match and Cricket Australia took some bold calls as they first removed Steve Smith and David Warner as the captain and vice-captain of the side.

Later, the Australian cricket board handed a one-year ban to both Steve Smith and David Warner, while Cameron Bancroft was given a nine-month suspension. Australia coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after the episode.

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IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022. He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022. Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI With the IPL expanding,

IPL 2022 Should See 5 Foreigners In Playing XI If 10 Teams Participate – Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator has given his views regarding the number of overseas players in an IPL team while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Sanjay Manjrekar has said that IPL GC should allow five foreign players in playing XI if the league expands to 10 franchises in 2022.

He said that there will be enough room for Indian players to flourish with the increase in teams as 60 Indian players could take the field in IPL 2022.

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Sanjay Manjrekar: If IPL 2022 Is Going With 10 Teams Then 5 Overseas Players Should Be Included In Playing XI

With the IPL expanding, there may be a change in rules for foreign players in the team. Currently, only four overseas players are allowed in the playing XI with some teams often benching some quality players due to the rule. The Indian Premier League is likely to add 2 more teams for season 15 that takes place next year.

“If IPL is going with 10 teams then you got to have five foreign players per side. Despite that, you will have 10 Indian players playing in the XI. They are a lot of Indian players,” he said.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra had also proposed a radical suggestion for future editions of the IPL. The cricketer-turned-commentator felt the overseas player cap in the playing eleven should be increased to five from IPL 2022 onwards.

IPL 2022 is set to be a ten-team affair, with two new franchises added to the group. The change will see the league revert to a ten-franchise competition for the first time since 2011, having been an eight-team event since 2014. IPL 2021 saw proven international stars like Anrich Nortje, Mitchell Santner, and Lockie Ferguson warm the bench. A ten-team IPL with the five-overseas-player rule will make the league more attractive to foreigners.

Sanjay Manjrekar: It’s A Shame To See Some Quality Foreign Players Benched Because Franchises Can’t Play More Than 4 In Playing XI

IPL is one of the most famous and fiercely competitive leagues in the world and has an array of premium talent available at its disposal.

“When there was no IPL, T20, or 50-over cricket, only 13-14 players in the 70s or 80s played at the highest level and that’s where you got the cream of Indian players playing,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

“You already have plenty of Indian players and it is a shame to see some quality foreign players sitting out only because they can’t play more than four. So even if we go five foreign players, plenty of Indian players will get the opportunity,” he further said.

“I don’t think it will a pressure that organisers feel that this is an Indian Premier League and got to have more and more Indian players and less foreign players. 60 is plenty,” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.

Before IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in India, overseas players like Imran Tahir (1 game), Lungi Ngidi (3 games), Mitchell Santner, and Jason Behrendorff(no games) didn’t feature in many games as per liking for CSK.

For table toppers, Delhi Capitals, Sam Billings, and Anrich Nortje didn’t play while Tom Curran (2 games), and Chris Woakes (3 games) didn’t play much as desired. For KKR, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Cutting, and Tim Seifert didn’t get a game to play.

Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians player Nathan Counter Nile, James Neesham, Adam Milne, and played in 1 game each. For Punjab Kings, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Riley Meredith, and Kane Richardson didn’t play all matches. For Rajasthan, Ben Stokes was injured after playing the first game while Andrew Tye didn’t get a game and flew home midway for Covid-19 fears.

For RCB, Finn Allen, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Adam Zampa were some of the players who didn’t feature in a single game. For SRH, Jason Roy, Jason Holder, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman didn’t feature in more than 2 games each.

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