Former Australia bowling coach David Saker wants the country’s cricket CA board to release the details of its investigation into the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, feeling that doing so will put an end to the incident.
Saker had suggested that he may be held responsible for what had happened at that time
The ball-tampering issue resurfaced recently when Cameron Bancroft said in an interview that the team’s bowlers may have been aware of the conspiracy to modify the ball’s condition using sandpaper.
Saker was the team’s bowling coach at the time, and previously he had suggested that he may be held responsible for what had happened. Bans were imposed on Bancroft, then-skipper Steve Smith, and his deputy David Warner as a result of the affair.
“I can’t see any point why it wouldn’t be released, but that’s, yeah that’s up to them the way they want to handle that,” Saker was quoted saying by the local media here.
On Thursday, he was introduced as the new coach of the Melbourne Renegades of the Big Bash League.
When Asked about, why the CA should release the information, “Because these questions keep coming up, maybe if it’s released, then maybe questions might stop but I don’t think they will and the questions will keep getting asked”, said Saker.
Following Bancroft’s comments, the bowlers, notably top pacer Pat Cummins, said they were unsure of the plot.
Former captain Michael Clarke, on the other hand, said it was tough to think the bowlers were not aware.
Saker has denied any involvement with the plot
“Well, there’s no doubt I had no idea there was any sandpaper involved. As far as we knew that we were using normal tactics to get the ball reverse-swinging so that’s as far as I know.
“We’ve all gone in and did our bit so I can’t see it going any further, but the questions will keep coming. There’s no doubt about that, but that’s just a part of life, you got to deal with that but it’s never going to go away, that’s for sure,” he said.
Last month, CA head Nick Hockley stated that the investigation report will not be made public.