David Warner’s manager James Erskine said on Monday that his client, a former captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were “treated with contempt” by Cricket Australia as they investigated the 2018 ball-counterfeiting episode.
Erkin said they did not deserve the punishment – a one-year ban on Smith and Warner and a nine-month suspension for Bancroft – for their role in the scandal during the Cape Town test against South Africa.
“The report that was made, they (SA) didn’t interview all the players. The whole thing was so badly handled, it was a joke. But in the end, the whole truth will come out and nothing but the truth, and I know the whole truth,” Erskine said. , quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“But that doesn’t serve any purpose, as the Australian public had to dislike the Australian team for a certain period of time because it didn’t behave very well.”
The ball-fixing fiasco in South Africa has led to a review of Australia’s team culture at all costs other than a ban on the three players.
“There is absolutely no doubt that Smith, Warner and Bancroft were treated in a disgusting way. The fact is that they did something wrong, but the punishment does not correspond to the crime. I think that if one or two of these players took legal action they would win because of what was the truth, “Erskine added.
Erskine’s reaction came after Bancroft’s recent statement about the scandalous episode again raised the question of the ball’s intervention in the spotlight.
During an interview, Bancroft hinted that bowling may have known about the plot that led him and two others – Smith and Warner – to pay a huge price.
CA said it was open to re-investigating the entire episode.