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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

Syracuse drops rubber game, 6-2, at Louisville

first_img Published on April 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (25-21, 9-11 Atlantic Coast) could not take the rubber game of a weekend series at Louisville (32-10, 13-5) Sunday afternoon, falling 6-2 at Ulmer Stadium.The Orange and Cardinals split Saturday’s doubleheader.Syracuse pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti was sharp early, retiring the first seven hitters and holding UofL hitless through three innings.But Gatti could not get out of the fourth inning. After inducing a groundout, she allowed a single, a walk and a pair of doubles. With one out in the inning and UofL up 3-0, Jocelyn Cater relieved Gatti, getting the next two batters on groundouts to end the frame.In the fifth, Louisville’s Brittany Sims doubled to right center, scoring Megan Hensley and Jessica Adell to make it a 5-0 ballgame. UofL tacked on another run in the sixth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGatti took the loss, allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings of work.SU scored both of its runs in the sixth, when outfielder Maddi Doane led off the inning with a walk. After Corinne Ozanne singled and Sydney O’Hara reached on an error, Andrea Bombace scored Doane on a fielder’s choice. Two batters later, Alicia Hansen singled home O’Hara to make it 6-2.Louisville ace Maryssa Becker allowed just one earned run in her complete-game effort, earning her 19th win of the year. Becker also beat the Orange in game one on Saturday, tossing a complete-game shutout.Despite having one more hit than UofL, the Orange was just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.Syracuse’s next game is at Albany (29-12, 9-1 American) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Commentslast_img read more