Saker calls for CA to make sandpapergate investigation public

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03 Jun 2021 | 09:05 AM
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Saker calls for CA to make sandpapergate investigation public

The former Australia bowling coach reckons that it is the only way for all the questions surrounding the incident to stop

Former Australia bowling coach David Saker feels that Cricket Australia (CA) should make the investigations into the ball-tampering incident in the 2018 Cape Town Test public as it might end the questions surrounding the incident.

Steven Smith, David Warner the then captain and vice-captain respectively along with opening batsman Cameron Bancroft received bans from their cricket board for planning and executing tampering with the ball with sandpaper. "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, who was unveiled as the new Melbourne Renegades coach said.

When asked as to why he feels that the investigation report should be made public, Saker said, "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."

After Bancroft's comments, the bowlers, including top pacer Pat Cummins, had insisted that they had no prior knowledge of the plot. However, former skipper Michael Clarke had said it was difficult to believe that bowlers were not aware.

Saker himself has denied any knowledge of 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.

CA chief Nick Hockley had said last month that they do not intend to make the investigation report public.

(With inputs from PTI)

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