The Bancroft affair an example of “toxic masculinity”, says Rohan Connolly
Rohan Connolly says the infamous ball-tampering scandal is a prime example of “toxic masculinity”.
The scandal resurfaced on Boxing Day when Fox Cricket aired an interview with Cameron Bancroft, in which the suspended opener claimed he just wanted to “fit in” with the squad.
Bancroft, in just his eighth Test, agreed to rub sandpaper on the ball when asked by vice-captain Dave Warner.
Bancroft claimed he wouldn’t have been comfortable saying no.
Connolly said it’s a telling example of how damaging male peer pressure can be.
“What does it say about contemporary male culture when a sportsman at the elite level would willingly break the game’s laws, and endanger his own career, simply to make sure he was ‘fitting in’?” Connolly said on Macquarie Sports Radio.
“There’s been a lot of healthy discussion about the need for change in Australian cricket.
“You do wonder just how much can change until there’s a broader discussion among all men about the cost of ‘being one of the boys’ instead of doing the right thing.”
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