Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy believes the Australian cricket team made other attempts to tamper before the sandpaper saga.
Healy told Wide World of Sports yesterday that the players “had certainly been doing it for a long time”.
He went into further detail on SEN Breakfast on Thursday morning.
“I don’t think you get to sandpaper without trying things before that,” Healy said.
“We’ve never heard of sandpaper being used so they would’ve been trying a few things.
“Plenty of teams around the world are doing it.
“What we’ve perceived as a low-level crime in cricket, the boys have paid a very heavy price for.”
When he was questioned about the board’s responsibility in the team’s behaviour, Healy (a former board member) said they had nothing to do with it.
“It’s not our problem,” he said.
“I’ve been extremely critical of the umpires and the job they were doing.
“I think the umpires need to carry the can more than former players because it’s pretty easy to see if a ball has been tampered.”
As of tomorrow, suspended cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner will have their bans lifted, which may prompt a return to the Australian side for the World Cup.
Hear Ian Healy on SEN Breakfast in the player below.