Former skipper Ricky Ponting believes exodus of skilled gamers left a void in Australian cricket and this management disaster had led to the notorious ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.
Steve Smith and David Warner have been handed one-year bans, whereas Cameron Bancroft was suspended for 9 months by Cricket Australia for his or her respective roles within the ball-tampering scandal which occurred within the Cape City Check in March, 2018.
“I used to be a bit fearful that with plenty of the expertise going out of our workforce on the identical time, that there could be a little bit of a void left with skilled gamers to have the ability to say ‘no’ principally,” Ponting was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“If I have a look at the place issues acquired at Cape City, I simply do not suppose there have been sufficient individuals round in that workforce to say ‘no’ to a few of these guys. Issues acquired utterly uncontrolled. That is very a lot an outsider’s view on it. I had nothing to do with the workforce actually till the final couple of years round some T20 cricket and the World Cup final yr,” he added.
The World Cup-winning Australian captain, who bid adieu to worldwide cricket in December 2012, stated he delayed his retirement by a number of years as he was fearful concerning the route the workforce would go with out him.
“I in all probability ought to have retired three or 4 years sooner than I did however I used to be actually fearful about the place the route of the Australian cricket workforce was going if I wasn’t round,” Ponting stated throughout a fund-raising dinner for the Chappell Basis on the Sydney Cricket Floor (SCG).
“And I wished to be round to assist (David) Warner and (Steve) Smith and Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson. I wished to assist them by way of that preliminary part of their worldwide careers as a result of I knew it wasn’t going to be straightforward for them.”