.The Hush Post | 12:41 pm |one-minute-read
Australian player Cameron Bancroft almost gave up cricket for Yoga. He said he was a vastly different person to the one caught ball-tampering and revealed he even considered quitting cricket. He thought of becoming a yoga teacher.
The opener was handed down a nine-month ban from the international and domestic game for his part in the scandal in South Africa. Bancroft had then used sandpaper to try to roughen-up the ball.
A day after Smith re-emerged into public life with a press conference in Sydney, Bancroft has also broken his silence.
He did so in the form of a long letter addressed to his former self. The letter was published in the West Australian newspaper, describing his emotional journey since.
In it, Bancroft describes the major influence Australian coach Justin Langer has had on him. Apart from Langer, West Australian mentor Adam Voges also played a crucial role in Bancroft recent life of conflict.
He said a crucial moment was Voges asking him to justify why 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.”
Yoga became an important part of his life after cricket ban. He even considered quitting the game to become of a teacher of the discipline.
“Maybe cricket isn’t for you, you’ll ask yourself … will you return? Yoga will be such a fulfilling experience,” he wrote.
Bancroft ultimately decided to pursue his cricket career. He is due to make his comeback in the Big Bash Twenty20 League for the Perth Scorchers on December 30.
“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.”