‘I think the players should see out their bans. They admitted what they did was wrong, and they blatantly cheated,’ says Simon Katich.
– Former Australian cricketer Simon Katich believes that the Sandpapergate trio needs to see out the remainder of their bans.
‘What they did, as grown men … they knew they couldn’t take sandpaper out there (on the field) otherwise why were they trying to hide it down their pants?’ Katich said in an interview with Melbourne radio station SEN in the light of calls from the Australian Cricketers’ Association to immediately unban the Newlands Trio.
‘I think the players should see out their bans. They admitted what they did was wrong, and they blatantly cheated. I just don’t think shortening the bans is going to do anyone any good.
‘I think the public will be disappointed to think they could get away with what they did just because of what this (Ethics Centre culture) review has found. They have to be responsible for their actions, regardless of what is going on in the background with the administrators and the culture that’s been created,’ added Katich.