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.”