Good news for Australian cricket fans! Tainted opener Cameron Bancroft’s return to cricket has been officially confirmed after he was named in the Perth Scorchers squad in the ongoing eighth edition of Big Bash League. Bancroft is expected to take the field against Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston on Sunday.
Bancroft’s ban for his role in using sandpaper on the ball on day three of the Cape Town Test in March officially expires today, and he was immediately included in the 13-man squad for the match with the undefeated Hobart.
Bancroft marked the expiration of his ban on his official Instagram handle, he shared a post depicting an inspirational quote from a ‘self-described Christian mummy blogger’. “What a journey this has been over the last nine months,” Bancroft wrote in the caption, adding how he had struggled to find the motivation to get out of bed in the immediate aftermath of the scandal.
“Everyone is really excited for him to come back. He’s been so positive in his build-up, he’s been training hard. We’re all really excited and really happy for him to be back in the team,” Scorchers teammate Jhye Richardson said this week.
“We saw before everything happened how good of a batter he was. I don’t think that’s going to change, I don’t think you can lose it, especially when we all know that he’s been training and (playing Premier Cricket). It will be good to see how he goes.
The talented opener has been in the spotlight this week ahead of his reintroduction to top-flight cricket. He recently penned down an open letter to himself in a Perth newspaper, he also shared the details with close friend Adam Gilchrist to shed light on events which happened during the Cape Town Test. His interview was aired on Fox Cricket at lunch on the first day of the Boxing Day Test.