Local cameramen were following ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft's every move during the third test in Cape Town after noting something seemed strange was going on.
Bancroft, along with now former captain Steve Smith, admitted to ball-tampering on Day 3 of the test after television cameras captured the Australian opener rubbing the match ball with yellow tape to make it sticky and pick up dirt.
Speaking to Azania Mosaka, Alvin Naicker, Head of Production at Supersport said it all started down in Durban where they showed the ball after 25 overs in Durban versus the ball after 25 overs in Cape Town. He says one could see visibly that the ball was in a rough condition.
We had already know that there was a lot of reversing with the ball after 25 overs so the cameramen were instructed to keep an eye on whoever is working the ball. To shine the ball is a normal thing and it is understood.— Alvin Naicker, Head of Production at Supersport
This was very coincidental to be quite honest, it got to Bancroft and the cameraman stayed on him and when he threw the ball away, he put his hand back into his pocket and we noticed that he had something in his hand.— Alvin Naicker, Head of Production at Supersport
We then played it on the big screen and I think he panicked and took it out of his pocket and put it into his jocks.— Alvin Naicker, Head of Production at Supersport
Naicker said they then tracked the dressing room and picked up that the coach was on a two-way walky-talky radio speaking to a player down at the field and showed both those clips.
Showed this incident a few times, and kept an eye on the player.— Alvin Naicker, Head of Production at Supersport
It is a very good cricket production team. We have cameramen and other engineering teams and people that actually do the replays that have been around for a long time. Collectively there is huge amounts of experience in cricket production.— Alvin Naicker, Head of Production at Supersport
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This article first appeared on 702 : How cameras caught batsman Cameron Bancroft red-handed