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Sandpaper Gate: Cricket Australia Integrity team reaches out to Cameron Bancroft after revealing interview

Cameron Bancroft

New Delhi, May 17: Ever since Cameron Bancroft revealed that more than three people would have knowledge about the Sandpaper Gate, the fiasco has once again become a talking point in the cricketing world. Now, Cricket Australia's (CA) Integrity team has reached out to the right-handed batsman to see if he has more information to give on the issue.

Sources within Cricket Australia confirmed to ANI that the Integrity Team has reached out to Bancroft and currently they are waiting to hear from him. "The Integrity team has reached out to Cameron Bancroft to see if he has some new information on the issue. We are waiting for a reply from his side. He is in the UK currently so it's still pretty early there," the source said.

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.

"I guess one thing I learnt 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."

Last week, Cricket Australia spokesperson had said the board is open to reinvestigating the issue if there is some new information.

"CA has maintained all along that if anyone is in possession of new information in regards to the Cape Town Test of 2018, they should come forward and present it. The investigation conducted at the time was detailed and comprehensive. Since then, no one has presented new information to CA that casts doubt on the investigation's findings," ESPNcricinfo quoted CA spokesperson as saying.

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Story first published: Monday, May 17, 2021, 13:12 [IST]
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