The ball tampering scandal not only shook Australian Cricket but the entire cricketing fraternity. However, there was also a section of people who felt that the 1-year ban for skipper Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner and a 9-month ban for young Cameron Bancroft was a bit too much.
That may be a topic of debate but the reports that poured in left, right and center in the media after the incidence did not do great service to cricket. In fact, Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell believes that the three cricketers were treated like criminals which seemed very disgraceful to him.
Maxwell said, “I think the way they saw it, it was obviously beaten up a fair bit and they’ve seen a couple of their mates treated like criminals. That is a hard thing for you to watch as a teammate, and to what they went through, especially Steve Smith at the airport, that was a hard thing for everyone to watch.”
Maxwell was one of three Aussies who flew down to South Africa as prompt replacements of the players involved in the Sandpaper gate. The explosive batsman talked of his experience of joining the team at such a juncture.
“To then try and get yourself ready for a game of cricket a day later was extremely difficult, and I certainly didn’t envy their position at all. It was an extremely tough time for that whole playing group. I had thoughts of what it could be like, and I hoped I could’ve provided something different for the group when I got over there, whether it be energy, or just a happy face around the group to try and cheer them up,” Maxi said.
The million dollar baby, as he is sometimes referred to, actually realized the gravity of the situation at the end of the tour when Coach Darren Lehman, following deep outrage, decided to step down as well.
“The enormity struck me at the end of the Test match when Boof (Darren Lehmann) had his goodbye speech and spoke about a few players in the group that he hoped could lead the group going forward. I think that’s when it all hit me and how hard it was for this young group.”
Maxwell was the Best Man in the recently held marriage of team mate Aaron Finch and reportedly came out with a moving speech. The Aussie can be currently seen in action for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018.
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