Former ICC Elite umpire Ian Gould has recalled the 2018 ball-tampering scandal that shocked Cricket Australia and said that the Kangaroos were out of control two-three years before the incident took place.
Gould was the TV umpire of that match and was the one who saw the footage and relayed it to the on-field umpires.
“I didn’t realize what the repercussions would be. If you look back on it now, Australia were out of control probably two years, maybe three years, before that, but not in this sense. Maybe – behavioral, chatty, being pretty average people,” he told to the Daily Telegraph.
Former English first-class cricketer also said that he did not realize how big the incident would become that Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison coming heavily down on the three players involved.
“But when it came into my earpiece I didn’t think the prime minister of Australia was going to come tumbling down on these three guys,” he added.
He further said that the outcome came from it was generally better for the game of cricket. “When the director said, ‘He’s put something down the front of his trousers,’ I started giggling because that didn’t sound quite right. Obviously, what’s come from it is for the betterment of Australian cricket – and cricket generally.” he maintained.
Gould also revealed that he still has the balls that were used in the Newlands Test, locked away in a London safe.
It must be noted that three Australian players skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and fielder Bancroft. Smith and Warner were given a year-ban for their role in the incident while Bancroft faced a six-month ban.
Bancroft was caught on camera rubbing the ball with sandpaper. He was also caught shoving the sandpaper down his pants.