Sticking to his stand that the bowlers, who had been half of that workforce, had been conscious of the plot to tamper with the pink cherry through the notorious Cape Town Test towards South Africa, Clarke stated their assertion finds no point out of the incident’s chief protagonist, Cameron Bancroft, and the Australian workforce’s former bowling coach, David Saker.
The 4 bowlers — Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon — discovered themselves caught in a storm triggered by Bancroft’s latest feedback hinting that they had been conscious of the plot.
“I knew when I made my comments about what Cameron Bancroft’s quotes were it was more than likely going to offend certain people,” Clarke stated on ‘Sky Sports’ radio.
“It certainly was not done personally from my perspective, particularly with the four bowlers concerned, I’m good friends with all of them.”
Bancroft, in a latest interview, had claimed that workforce’s bowlers may have been conscious of the unlawful plot. He has since backtracked from his assertion after Cricket Australia provided a reinvestigation.
Clarke, one of the world’s high batsmen throughout his time, cited Saker’s remark, that even he may have been blamed for the fiasco, to drive dwelling the purpose of collective duty.
“I think there have been a number of people, past players, journalists who have made comments based on what Cameron Bancroft said and then what David Saker, the bowling coach, as well had said. I think that is what’s really important after seeing the joint statement,” Clarke stated.
“The one thing that stands out for mine in that statement (is) they forgot how this conversation was brought up. It was comments from a teammate Cameron Bancroft who was involved in the situation and then quotes from David Saker who was the bowling coach at the time.
“After journalists and previous gamers like myself, Adam Gilchrist and Stuart Broad, a present participant, had seen what was stated and written, so much of individuals have made feedback.”
Bancroft had been caught on camera using sandpaper on the ball in the third Test against South Africa in 2018. The trio of Bancroft, then skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned for their roles in the scandal.
While Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban, Smith and Warner were suspended for a year each.
Clarke added, “I believe these guys and Cricket Australia want to recollect how this dialog has been introduced up…you in all probability ought to have put present teammate who was there on the time and did the crime and bowling coach who was there too. You in all probability left two individuals out.
“This statement is very smartly worded and written so I’m not going to sit here and continue to talk about every word in that statement. I’ve said what I’ve said. It certainly was not personal towards them. I said what I said because that’s what I believe.”