James Erskine, who manages David Warner, has made the shocking claim that officials from Cricket Australia (CA) allowed players to tamper with the ball more than a year before the sandpaper gate scandal broke out in the Cape Town Test in 2018. This is a startling revelation that has been made by Erskine.
According to Erskine, the players won the approval of “two executives” despite suffering a defeat at the hands of South Africa in a test match played in Hobart around the end of 2016.
The former captain of the team, Steve Smith, as well as his deputy, David Warner, both received one-year bans for their roles in the event that occurred in 2018, and the opening batsman, Cameron Bancroft, received a nine-month ban.
David Warner was fingered as the person responsible for orchestrating the incident that took place in March in Cape Town, and as a result, he was barred from ever again holding a leadership role in his professional life.
According to statements made by Erskine to SEN, “two top executives were in the changing room in Hobart and basically were berating the players for losing against South Africa.”
“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. ”
During the first innings of the Hobart Test, Australia was dismissed for only 85 runs, despite the fact that South Africa’s Faf du Plessis was later discovered to have tampered with the ball.
Even though Erskine did not specifically specify that the executives involved were from CA, he did say the following about Warner: “He (Warner) has shut up, he protected Cricket Australia, he protected his other players… because, when everything was said and done, nobody was interested in hearing any more about it, and he went back to playing cricket.”
Erskine stated that Warner had been “totally villainized” in reference to the sandpaper gate controversy, and that “there was far more than three persons involved in this issue.” He described the scandal as “injustice at its greatest level.”
The Cricket Australia (CA) organisation has not yet provided a response to the charges made by Erskine. The sandpaper incident resulted in the departure of former Australian coach Darren Lehmann, despite the fact that he was not found guilty of any wrongdoing.
An investigation carried out within CA came to the conclusion that the company was “partly at responsible” for the ball-tampering controversy.
Warner, infuriated, withdrew his application for revocation of lifetime leadership ban on Wednesday, saying the independent review panel wanted him to go through “public lynching.” Warner stated that he was not prepared to let his family be the “washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry,” and that he was not going to let his family be the “washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry.”
Michael Clarke, a former captain of Australia, has come out in support of David Warner and has accused the cricket board of his country of having double standards and making the opener the “scapegoat” in its clumsy handling of his ban from captaincy as a result of the incident.