Currently, the Australian is going through there darkest phase possible after the ball-tampering fiasco. Australian opener Cameron Bancroft has been caught by the camera inserting a sharp object inside his underpants, which he used for changing the shape of the ball. Steve Smith has acknowledged that it was guided by the leadership group of the team during the press-conference of the third day’s play in Cape Town.
The occurring has been severely bashed by people from nook and corner of the country. However, most recently former Indian spinner Bishen Singh Bedi has opened up and has termed the happening as sad and tragic.
As quoted in News18, Bedi said, “There is no doubt there has been a mistake and the players are responsible for this. The captain has accepted it, acknowledged the mistake, top management has admitted, this is not a handiwork of one or two players. It’s very sad, I would like to think it as one of the great tragedies of modern cricket.”
Meanwhile, he also brought forth the instructions which are delivered to everyone regarding the approach one should exercise while playing the game. Mr. Bedi said, “According to me, no limit could be prescribed for strict action. We do mislead, misguide kids — winning at any cost is a message that is wrong. Winning is important, but winning by fair means, is the message we must spread.”
The incident will go down as one of the darkest phases in Australian cricket. The reputation of their cricket is brutally disgraced. For the time being, it will be interesting to see how cricket in Australia recovers from the shock, which won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination.