Former West Indian pace bowler Michael Holding opened up about the ball tampering saga at Cape Town back in 2018. Holding was commentating in that series but he did not watch the incident live. However, when he got to know about the ill-fated incident his reaction turned dismay.
"I went outside the Supersports comms box only to be asked by a commentator from another network if I had seen what happened," Holding recalled.
"I went back inside and watched all the replays from the various angles that were broadcasted, and my immediate reaction was dismay. I couldn't believe anyone could be so naïve to do what he, Bancroft did in today's world."
Holding also said that in his days the Australian team was always a tough competitor and maintained the level of dignity and respect of other players. The fast bowler was of the view that their duration of punishment was not unjust. “I don’t think so [that the punishment was too long]. "considering the level of punishments meted out to individuals and teams whose crime was to not bowl enough overs in a day. And I think the bigger crime was to try and cover up what took place instead of just taking it on the chin and apologizing.", he added.
Remember, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, and Steve Smith were the 3 culprits found guilty of deforming the red ball with a sandpaper. Later, all 3 players were handed ban with Bancroft handed with the least amount of charge.