Christina Matthews excited for Bancroft return
WACA CEO Christina Matthews says she’s “excited” to see Cameron Bancroft play grade cricket.
On Wednesday night, the West Australian District Cricket Council voted 14-2 in a secret ballet to give the banned 25-year-old a lifetime at Willetton District Cricket Club.
Under current WACA rules, any Cricket Australia ban is reflected in WA cricket but the exemption means Bancroft is likely to resist the urge to move interstate as he looks to work his way back into the Test team.
She told Afternoons they’d be added hype wherever Bancroft plays.
“It’s a great opportunity to get a bit of profile for the Premier Cricket competition,” Matthews said.
“I imagine on day one of the competition, whoever Willetton are playing that day, those two teams will get quite a bit of coverage.”
Fellow West Australian Justin Langer was recently named coach of Australia’s Men’s cricket team and Matthews said there we no doubt he was the best person for the job.
“He’s absolutely the right person to take over at this time,” she said.
“He is going to need a lot of support but he’s done it before with (Western Australia cricket) so he’ll know what he needs at Australian level to make it all work.”
Bancroft was banned for nine months by Cricket Australia in March for his role in the ball-tampering saga.
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