It’s been nine months since the Ball tampering scandal hit Australian cricket and that led to the suspension of Steve Smith, David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft. The ball-tampering saga took place in South Africa led to Warner and Smith getting a year ban, whereas Bancroft only received a nine-month suspension.
During his nine-month suspension, Bancroft has had a lot of think about. He has only a week left of his nine-month suspension and he has broken his silence and revealed a very interesting personal detail.
Bancroft did so in a long self-addressed letter to himself which was published in a Western Australia newspaper and he has detailed his nine-month-long journey since March.
He also revealed how much of an influence West Australian Mentor Adam Voges and Coach Justin Langer were on him throughout this nine-month long journey. He also wrote about the part where Adam Voges asked him to justify the reason he should be on a pre-season trip to Brisbane by the Western Warriors Sheffield Shield team.
“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,” he wrote in the self-addressed letter.
“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.”
He also revealed that Yoga became an important part of his life during the suspension and said that he planned to quit Cricket to become a Yoga teacher
“Maybe cricket isn’t for you, you’ll ask yourself … will you return? Yoga will be such a fulfilling experience,” he wrote.
He returns on 30 December, playing for Perth in the Big Bash Twenty20 League.
“While you do not look that different, on the inside you are a vastly different man to the bloke who made that mistake in South Africa,” he added in the letter.
“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.”