Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon responded by letter and sent a clear message to the Australian public regarding the ball scandal that occurred in 2018 in South Africa. After that, great chaos ensued in the world of cricket and much was discussed about such a problem.
It was interesting to find out what punishments individuals will receive and what the final outcome will be, but it seems that the outcome will not be so bad. According to them, none of them knew about the foreign substance, and they believe that it was impossible to notice and that no one noticed it in the field, but only after that, that is, on the TV.
"We did not know a foreign substance was taken onto the field to alter the condition of the ball until we saw the images on the big screen at Newlands," the bowlers wrote in a joint statement, requesting the need to put an end to baseless "rumour-mongering and innuendo, as quoted by cricbuzz Also, the umpires could not notice anything during the match "And those who, despite the absence of evidence, insist that 'we must have known' about the use of a foreign substance simply because we are bowlers, we say this: The umpires during that Test match, Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth, both very respected and experienced umpires, inspected the ball after the images surfaced on the TV coverage and did not change it because there was no sign of damage," the statement added.
Bancroft was banned
Cameron Bancroft, one of the players banned after the scandal. Bancroft has taken responsibility for himself and seems to be aware of his act "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 had said. His views were corroborated by past players like Adam Gilchrist and Michael Clarke. Nick Hockley, CA's interim CEO is grateful to Bancroft for their cooperation and it seems that Bancroft has revealed everything he knew, and that he has cooperated "Our integrity unit reached out to Cam off the back of the media report and asked him directly whether he had any new information since the original investigation, and he's come back and confirmed overnight that he has no new information," Nick Hockley, CA's interim CEO told cricket.com.au. "So we thank Cam for confirming that."