Opener Cameron Bancroft has come out in the open about his lies during the ball-tampering controversy, mentioning that he ‘panicked’ in that situation and is now ashamed of his act. After being caught on cameras while trying to change the condition of the ball, Bancroft had said – during the press conference following the third day’s play of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands – that he had used a sticky yellow tape. However, following Cricket Australia’s investigations, it was revealed that Bancroft had indeed used a sandpaper as was assumed earlier.
“I lied, I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation and I am very sorry. This is something I am very ashamed of, and I’m very sorry,” Bancroft told reporters upon his arrival in Perth on Thursday (March 29).
“I’ve had time to reflect on the events in Cape Town and the punishments handed down to me by ICC and CA. I want to say I am very sorry. I love the game of cricket. I am extremely disappointed and regret my actions. I am sorry to the people I have disappointed around the world, especially the kids. I understand I have let the people down and the broader community. Words don’t mean much in such situations, so I will focus on my actions going forward. I will regret this all my life. All I can do in the short term is to ask for forgiveness,” said a remorseful Bancroft while reading out a statement.