But an independent review commissioned by CA found the body to be "arrogant and controlling" and partly to blame.
However, ACA president Greg Dyer warned the governing body that his organisation would be "relentless" in their bid to reduce the sanctions on the Test trio, who he described as "contrite".
The resulting fallout saw Bancroft, Ashes-winning captain Steve Smith and experienced Baggy Green David Warner axed from the team and slapped with bans.
"The players have already lost time in the game, chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and face massive financial penalties", Dyer said.
Among 42 recommendations outlined by the review are the desire for Australian cricket to establish an ethics commission to oversee the ethical health of the game in Australia, and also the formation of the Australian Cricket Council to create a forum for frank discussion among the chairs of CA, the state associations, the ACA and the Cricket Umpires Association. Alistair Nicholson, the Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive, indicated that most players felt more comfortable contributing to the ACA's own submission, noting that the review itself cited CA's inability to handle negative feedback. These include chief executive James Sutherland stepping aside after 17 years, having been replaced by Kevin Roberts, while high-performance boss Pat Howard will depart next year.
There have been captains in the past who have been done for tampering with the ball and the penalties have been very lenient so there was no penalty for doing something wrong and it was always going to get to the case where it got out of control, ESPNcricinfo.com quoted Waugh, as saying.
"We now have new information and that should be taken into account", Nicholson said.
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Little has been publicly reported, but Smith, Warner and Lehmann have all experienced dark times over the past few months and are still working their way through their mental demons as they deal with the sudden and brutal nature of how their lives changed forever back in March.
Peever said the episode had been "extremely regrettable" and Cricket Australia's response had been "necessarily tough".
You know they push the boundaries a bit by throwing the ball into the rough on the ground, which they shouldn't do and then it's escalated from there.
The relationships between CA and the ACA became strained during last year's volatile pay dispute.
Chairman David Peever says he does not intend to stand down despite a poor independent review of CA.
But players defended themselves, insisting they played hard but fair. We assure you. The players "get it". "David is the first to have come out of the corporate world rather than out of the cricket world and I think in this crisis that's what's shown here", Speed said.
"You're never going to have a game of cricket played where opposition aren't going to speak to each other".