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David Warner’s manager claims that ball-tampering was encouraged much before Cape Town Test by CA executives | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: In a shocking revelation, David Warner‘s manager James Erskine has blamed Cricket Australia executives for encouraging the Australian cricket team to cheat in Hobart, 2016 much before the sandpaper gate scandal which broke out in the Cape Town Test in 2018.
Then skipper Steve Smith and his deputy Warner were slapped with one-year bans for their role in the 2018 incident while opener Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension.
Warner was singled out as the orchestrator of the incident that took place in March in Cape Town and was ruled out of the leadership role for the rest of his career.
Australia suffered a record-breaking loss at the hands of South Africa when bowled out for 85 in the second innings in the 2016 Hobart Test. Although South Africa’s Faf du Plessis was later found guilty of ball-tampering.
Talking to SEN 1170, Erskine did not directly state the executives involved were from Cricket Australia, said: “Warner has shut up, he protected Cricket Australia, he protected his fellow players … because at the end of the day no one wanted to hear any more of it and he’s got on playing cricket.”
Describing the sandpaper gate scandal as “injustice at its greatest level”, Erskine said that Warner had been “completely villainised”, and “there were far more than three people involved in this thing”.
“Two senior executives were in the changing room in Hobart and basically were berating the team for losing against South Africa (in 2016) and Warner said we’ve got to reverse-swing the ball. The only way we can reverse-swing the ball is by tampering with it.
“And they were told to do it.
“I’m completely against it, I think tampering with balls is a joke, but it has gone on for centuries. Everybody has been fiddling around with balls and the penalty at the time by the ICC was a one-match ban.
“I’m not suggesting that’s right because I don’t think you should tamper with the ball.
“This was blown out of all proportion, partly because of the Prime Minister, but partly for the total reaction of the general public.
“I totally agree, it wasn’t something that was good, but it’s got to the stage where three people have been completely victimised above everybody else.
“And it’s not fair.”
CA is yet to respond to Erskine’s allegations. The sandpaper scandal led to the resignation of then Australian coach Darren Lehmann, although he was not found guilty of any involvement.
An internal review found that CA was “partly to blame” for the ball-tampering scandal.
(With inputs from PTI)





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