Aus­tralia batsm Cameron Ban­croft

has re­vealed in an open let­ter to him­self that he con­sid­ered quitting cricket and be­com­ing a yoga teacher dur­ing his ban for ball­tam­per­ing. Ban­croft was given a ninemonth sus­pen­sion for at­tempt­ing to al­ter the con­di­tion of the ball with sand­pa­per dur­ing the New­lands Test against South Africa in March. He also stated that do­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice with the Kyle An­drews Foun­da­tion also led him to con­sider his op­tions.

He wrote in a let­ter pub­lished in The West Aus­tralian: “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. The yoga teacher train­ing course in Melbourne in Septem­ber helps to grow this pas­sion of yours. You learn about anatomy, how to teach poses, align­ment, the phi­los­o­phy but most im­por­tantly you learn that you can use your life to a greater purpose. New friends will be made, great peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests. Maybe cricket isn’t for you, you’ll ask your­self…will you re­turn? Yoga will be such a ful­fill­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s hard to feel this re­al­ity could ex­ist. You meet peo­ple fight­ing bat­tles greater than you can un­der­stand, but through your own hard­ship and jour­ney you can in­spire oth­ers in the form of yoga. This will be tough to un­der­stand now but have faith and em­brace un­cer­tainty.”

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