Somerset decide against signing Bancroft after ball-tampering scandal

Bancroft was due to arrive in Taunton next month. Credit: PA

Somerset County Cricket Club says it will not be signing Cameron Bancroft following his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal.

Bancroft was due to arrive in Taunton next month to play for Somerset as their overseas player for the season.

He was subject to a Cricket Australia investigation after being pictured deliberately tampering with the ball during his country's test match in South Africa.

Bancroft subsequently received a nine-month ban from international cricket and Somerset has now decided he will not be playing for the club.

Bancroft has received a nine-month ban from international cricket. Credit: PA

The statement in full:

Over the last few days, cricket has been over shadowed by a very dark cloud. There has been an understandable amount of emotion, deliberation, varying degrees of language and opinions across the game, the public and the various media platforms all associated with the alteration to the condition of the ball by Cameron Bancroft during the Third Test in Cape Town.

Somerset CCC