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Cricket News Cameron Bancroft, disgraced in ball-tampering scandal reveals he almost quit cricket to take up this Indian discipline

first_imgNew Delhi: Cameron Bancroft’s world came crashing down when was caught removing sandpaper from his trouser pocket to tamper with the condition of the ball during the Newlands Test against South Africa. The ball-tampering fiasco in the Cape Town Test damaged the reputation of Australian cricket and it resulted in a nine-month ban for Bancroft in addition to one-year bans for Steve Smith and David Warner. The right-hander, whose ban ends in December and could make his comeback in the Big Bash League, has opened up about the emotional toll that the entire episode took on him and that he pondered quitting the game altogether to take up a job as a yoga instructor.Bancroft wrote a long letter addressed to his former self and it was published in the Western Australian Newspaper. In that, he wrote, “Maybe cricket isn’t for you, you’ll ask yourself … will you return? Yoga will be such a fulfilling experience. Until you are able to acknowledge that you are Cameron Bancroft, the person who plays cricket as a profession, and not Cameron Bancroft the cricketer, you will not be able to move forward. This will become a defining moment for you.”Read More | Steve Smith barred from participating in Bangladesh Premier LeagueBancroft, who has been playing grade level cricket with Willetton District Cricket Club, had his passion for the game rekindled during Western Australia’s pre-season trip to Brisbane. In that, he was asked by his mentor and new Western Australia coach Adam Voges to justify as to why he should be included in the side.Read More | Had the opportunity to stop it: Steve Smith opens up on controversy“On your way to present your case to your coach you realise this is the moment when you begin to become OK with the thought of never having cricket as part of your life again,” Bancroft wrote.Bancroft’s yoga expertise is well known, having helped Nathan Coulter-Nile overcome his frequent stress fractures on his back by taking regular classes. The right-handed batsman undertook a yoga teaching course and has become the instructor for Coulter-Nile and some of his team-mates. Apart from yoga, Bancroft worked with a charity that supported children with cancer as part of his community service. However, the Australian opener is aware that he will be judged mostly for his actions which he committed in the Newlands Test.“Many people will judge you as a cheat, but that is OK. Always love and respect everyone. You will love those people because you forgive them. Just like you’re going to forgive yourself…You know you cannot say sorry enough, but actually it is time you allow your cricket to be about what you have learnt and use this opportunity to make a great impact,” Bancroft said.Recently, Steve Smith had opened up about the ball-tampering scandal during a press conference in Sydney. “Something happened out on the field and I had the opportunity to stop it at that point rather than say I don’t want to know anything about it, that was my failure and I’ve taken responsibility for that,” Smith said. The Australia skipper, whose ban ends in March, admitted that watching the Australian team struggle after he was banned was the hardest thing he had faced. After losing the Newlands Test, Australia were thrashed by 492 runs in Johannesburg to lose the series 1-3. They were whitewashed 0-5 in England and lost the Tests and T20Is to Pakistan. They lost the ODIs and T20I to South Africa to continue their miserable run. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cafu: Stadium collapse was just one of those things

first_imgFormer Brazil star Cafu has expressed his sadness after the death of two construction workers at the Arena de Sao Paulo on Wednesday.A giant crane collapsed as workers tried to put the final part of the roof on the stadium, which will host six matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Cafu, who made 142 appearances for Brazil and won two World Cups, said it was an accident that happened at construction sites.”I think that accidents can happen anywhere. If you are rebuilding your house, something tragic can happen,” the 43-year-old said.”Can you imagine a construction of that size? Arena Corinthians is a massive construction site, so I think that is something normal. I think that this shouldn’t affect our preparation for the World Cup.”Obviously we are all sorry about the workers and the families’ loss. These people were helping to build Arena Corinthians on time so we are deeply sorry for their families.” Sao Paulo defender Lucio, another former Brazil international, said he understood there would be fear and anxiety after the deaths.The former Bayern Munich defender, who was in Germany when they hosted the World Cup in 2006, said the organisation in Brazil was steps behind.”Brazil is so much bigger than Germany when they hosted the World Cup in 2006. This situation makes any organising attempt much more complex,” Lucio said.”Germany is smaller but because of their culture they are much more organised, more reliable, they keep their promises.”I think Brazil has to be more clear and organised about everything. The country shouldn’t overlook the small details. “Obviously some will fear and get anxious about our capabilities to host this event after what has happened. I think we are capable of hosting the World Cup but how good the event will be? That’s another question.”We ask if supporters will have good public transport, a safe environment, and nobody knows the answer.”We hope we can do it but there is no question that Germany was ahead of us by far at this stage.”last_img read more

Spanish GP secures 2020 F1 calendar slot

first_imgThe Spanish Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar at Barcelona next season after striking a fresh deal for 2020.Spain’s only F1 race was under serious threat but the Barcelona circuit has signed what appears to be a new one-year agreement to host the event again.The circuit has announced it will implement a “strategic plan with the will to create a larger project for the facilities” and secure the “feasibility” of the event.Its statement added: “The plan will serve as a framework to define the role that F1 shall have on a longer-term [basis].”According to F1, more than half a million spectators have attended the race over the last three years and reported data from the circuit that this year’s grand prix generated €163m for the region.F1 CEO Chase Carey said the parties would seek to agree a longer-term deal in the coming months and thanked Catalan president Quim Torra for “vital support” during the negotiations. “The decision to continue to stage a round of the pinnacle of motorsport in Spain, a country with a great motor racing tradition, dating back to the start of the last century, is part of our strategy of maintaining Formula 1’s European roots, while also currently expanding the championship into new territories,” said Carey.“The promoter’s willingness to be part of Formula 1 going into 2020 is proof of the sport’s ability to act as a catalyst for regions to hold world class events and also to have a positive impact on the area’s economy.“In the coming months, we will continue our discussions to see if we can further extend this advantageous relationship.”The new contract means Italy and Germany are the only remaining races at risk for 2020.Five races on the current 21-race calendar had deals that expired after this season: Spain, Germany, Britain, Italy and Mexico. With the revived Dutch GP and a new race in Vietnam being added next year, and teams only agreeing to a 22-race schedule, F1 was prepared to lose one of the existing races.Silverstone agreed a new multi-year deal for the British GP and Mexico’s future without state funding has also been secured.Monza bosses have been confident of a fresh Italian GP contract and have consistently called for government support to get that over the line to ensure it remains the only circuit to be part of every F1 season since 1950.Circuit chiefs are keen to secure the race up to its centenary year in 2022 as well as get the funding required to overhaul the circuit, with plans including removing one of Monza’s chicanes.The German GP, the fourth most-held race in F1 history, appears most at risk of dropping off the calendar. Mercedes funded this year’s race on a one-off deal but said it was not willing to continue with that arrangement longer-term.The German GP has been held 64 times since 51, with only the British, Italian and Monaco GPs appearing on the calendar more often.last_img read more

Angels’ Griffin Canning set for MRI to check on elbow issue

first_img“The kid is nice,” Maddon said. “We’ve been talking about his athleticism. He’s got a fabulous arm. He’s got a great future. We want him well.”Canning, the Angels’ second-round pick in 2017 out of UCLA, debuted in the big leagues last year, posting a 4.58 ERA in 18 games and 90-1/3 innings.He was penciled in for one of the top four spots in the rotation to open the 2020 season, along with Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran. Shohei Ohtani is not expected to pitch until mid-May, as the Angels manage his innings in his return from Tommy John surgery.Patrick Sandoval, Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez, Dillon Peters and Matt Andriese are the top candidates to fill out the rest of the rotation.BALDING ALL ANGELSMaddon announced that he will be getting his head shaved as part of an event supporting pediatric cancer patients before the Angels’ March 9 Cactus League game at Tempe Diablo Stadium.Related Articles “I think it’s just kind of something we need to monitor,” Canning said two weeks ago. “I need to watch my throwing program, even if I’m feeling good, knowing when to tone it down a little bit.”Canning pitched two scoreless, hitless innings against the Dodgers in his spring debut on Wednesday, and afterward gave no indication of any issues when talking to reporters.Apparently, though, Canning had a different story when talking to the team. Maddon said he learned after Canning’s outing on Wednesday that he didn’t feel right.Maddon said Canning was scheduled for an MRI, but he wasn’t sure exactly when the test would take place.In the meantime, the Angels have to hope that a pitcher who is expected to be a key member of their rotation for years to come does not have any serious issue. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Maddon’s charitable organization, Respect90, will hold an event called “Balding All Angels,” in which Maddon and any fans who donate funds will have their heads shaved.Maddon has hosted similar events over the previous eight years, raising more than $350,000 for the cause, according to the organizers.ALSOJulio Teheran continued to improve from the hamstring strain that kept him from making his first scheduled start of the spring, Maddon said Thursday. Maddon said Teheran is expected to pitch in a game early next week, perhaps as soon as Monday. …Ty Buttrey threw his first bullpen session since being shut down with a strained intercostal muscle earlier this spring. “It felt really really good, no pain, pretty awesome honestly,” Buttrey said. He threw just fastballs at about 60 percent effort. He said he’s scheduled for two more bullpen sessions in the next week and then a live batting practice session next weekend. That would leave him time for six or seven outings in Cactus League games, which he said is sufficient to be ready for Opening Day. …Pitcher Justin Anderson, who had a more serious intercostal strain than Buttrey, had an ultrasound on Thursday morning that showed the inflammation is gone, he said. He is still not able to do baseball activity, though. He is expected to start the season on the Injured List, although he could be ready sometime in April. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone TEMPE, Ariz. — Griffin Canning, the Angels’ prized young pitcher, came up with an elbow issue during his first outing of the spring, sending him into an MRI tube as the team and fans hold their breath.As of late Thursday afternoon, General Manager Billy Eppler said the Angels still had not received results of the MRI.Asked on Thursday morning if he’s concerned, Manager Joe Maddon said: “Yep. He’s had a history, so of course you’re concerned.”Canning, 23, had missed the end of the 2019 season with elbow inflammation, but he had described it as strictly precautionary. He said he had been fine by October and had a normal, uneventful winter. He said at the start of spring that he felt 100 percent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more