Umpire Ian Gould, whose role as the TV umpire was crucial during the Australian ball-tampering scandal back in 2018, said that he was surprised by how big the episode became.
During the third Test against South Africa in Newlands, Australia opener Cameron Bancroft was caught with a piece of sandapaper. Television footage appeared to show him take an object out of his pocket while fielding in the post-lunch session on the third day of the Test. He was spoken to by the on-field umpires after a word from Gould, who was informed by the television operators.
But the admission of deliberate ball-tampering with the knowledge of the leadership group by captain Steve Smith in the post-match press conference sent shock waves through the cricket community and resulted in a far-reaching chain reaction.
Bancroft, Smith and vice captain David Warner were banned from international cricket for a period as Australian cricket hit a new low. Even the country’s prime minister was involved in slamming their actions.
“Then the true scandal really broke, when more TV pictures showed Bancroft concealing sandpaper, and shame descended not only on Australia’s cricket team, but the nation,” Gould wrote in his autobiography Gunner – My Life in Cricket.
Gould retired from international cricket after the 2019 ODI World Cup…