‘Lots of people to blame’: Former Australian bowling coach David Sekar on Sandpaper Gate | Cricket News

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Former Australian bowling coach David Saker, who was with the team during the 2018 ball tampering scandal, said on Sunday it was a “monumental mistake” that could have been avoided and for which fingers can also be pointed at it. Examination of the culture of the win-win-win Australia team after the incident led to various punishments for then-captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and the man with the sandpaper in his possession at that time, opener Cameron Bancroft. But Sekar felt it was a collective failure.

“Obviously a lot of things went wrong at that point. The pointing is going to go on and on. There were a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone. another. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate, “Saker told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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“Cameron (Bancroft) is a very nice guy. He’s doing it just to get something off his chest… He won’t be the last,” he added.

Sekar lamented that the incident is associated with Australian cricket forever and that nothing can be done about it.

“You could point your finger at me, you could point your finger at Boof (then coach Darren Lehmann), could you point it at other people, of course you could,” he said.

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“What’s disappointing is that it’s never going to go away. Regardless of what has been said. We all know we made a monumental mistake. The gravity wasn’t so clear until it was all over. released, “he added.

The Victorian, 54, made the statement after Bancroft made a startling revelation that Australian bowlers at the time may have had some knowledge of the plot.

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Saker believes the incident will stalk Australian cricket for decades, like Trevor Chappell’s armpit bowling against New Zealand 40 years ago.

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While Cricket Australia issued a statement saying it was open to further investigation of the incident, Saker said he was not sure what could possibly come about it.

“I don’t think that would be unfair. I just don’t know what they’re going to find out,” Saker said. “It’s like the armpit, it’s never going to go away.”

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