Cameron Bancroft, one of the three banned cricketers involved in the ball tampering scandal against South Africa in March this year is yearning for a comeback to the cricket field.
The 25-year-old, who is traveling to the Top End to play in the Northern Territory’s Strike League, spoke to the media for the first time since his press conference in March and said that he is not angry at the media for the way the controversy was reported.
“When you’re in the media a lot, good or bad, it can be really challenging to deal with, really changeling to digest the different opinion that flies around. Because that’s what it was, there was a lot of opinion, a lot of people saying things. For me, in that situation, it was about me and my mistake and the poor decision I made,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
Speaking more about media's role in handling the case Bancroft said, "the media reacted appropriately to the situation and what happened and I have no anger or judgement or resentment for that."
Bancroft is making a comeback by playing the Darwin cricket tournament in which he will be participating. Regarding the same he said “Right now I’m feeling really good. The last couple of months have been a bit of a rollercoaster. You certainly ride the waves of grieving. There’s been times where I’ve felt really sad, there’s been times where I’ve felt really angry. But overall, I’ve worked really hard on myself, been really busy with a lot of things and right now it’s just another step forward, heading up to Darwin to play some cricket and I’m really looking forward to it".
Talking about the other banned cricketers, David Warner and Steve Smith, Bancroft said that he has been in regular touch with both the players. “I can’t change what happened in South Africa and that’s something I’m completely accountable for. Everything since South Africa I’ve moved towards have been steps closer to one day getting back and playing cricket for Australia again. I speak to them quite regularly, at least every week".
He concluded his interaction with the media by stating that despite being in hard times after being summoned, the trio are still in each with each other and in friendly terms.
“Whether that’s a phone call or messages, they’re obviously very busy with some things too. They’re two really great people and we’ve been looking after each other. That’s a value that we really hold closely at the WACA, is this idea of looking after your mates. We’ve being going through all of this together and we definitely look out for each other, that’s for sure,” he said.
(Inputs from Indian Express)