Australian cricket dealt a major blow after the sandpaper scandal in the Cape Town Test in 2018 against South Africa. As a result of that incident, Cricket Australia banned David Warner, Steve Smith, and Cameron Bancroft from playing international and domestic cricket for up to one year.
Australian Board was not at all happy with such actions from them. They put a two-year ban on Steve Smith from taking leadership duties. On the other hand, David Warner received a lifetime ban from the captaincy of Australia. Now, former Australian legend, Allan Border came up in support of Warner. He even requested the Board to lift the captaincy ban on him as quickly as possible.
“It was a harsh penalty in the first place… let’s get on with it” – Allan Border
Speaking to the West Australian, Allan Border said that the overall decision was quite harsh and they had served enough until now. He said: “It was a harsh penalty in the first place… let’s get on with it; they’ve served their time. I know that every other side’s doing exactly what we were caught doing. (If) all the captains put their hands on their hearts and say, ‘I wasn’t doing anything similar, they’d be telling ‘porky pies’ (lies). The bans those boys copped were a bit over the top for the crime, given the knowledge around the cricket fraternity where this has been going on,”
He even added that there is nothing wrong with scratching the ball with the hand, especially on a flat wicket. “If you get the ball in your hand… just scratching the ball and working on it over a period of time, and you get the ball reverse swinging… what’s wrong with that?” Border added.
“It’s not a bad idea because, on flat wickets, you need something. Otherwise, the scores are just going to blow out, and that’s what happens now when we start preparing result wickets because it’s very hard to get good players out on very flat tracks,” Border concluded.