David Warner considers the life ban from The Captain a bit harsh
David Warner welcomed the opportunity to apply to have his life ban revoked from leading roles in Australian teams, but also criticized the country’s Cricket Board for taking the time to prepare the process.
Opening batter Warner was banned from the elite game for a year and from leadership positions for life in 2018 after he was ruled to have played the main role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
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A former test vice-commander can now request a review of the driving ban afterward cricket Australia (CA) has agreed changes to its Integrity Code to allow players and staff to apply for waivers from long-term penalties.
The changes, confirmed on Monday, come nine months after the Australian players’ union sent a letter to the CA in February urging a review of Warner’s ban.
Warner said the drawn-out process was “painful” for him, and compared it to the four days it took the board to ban him in 2018 when the ball-tampering scandal broke.
“It’s disappointing that when you make a decision in 2018 it’s in four days, and then it’s nine months,” Warner told Australian media on Monday.
“It is good to be in a position to contact the Integrity Unit to speak to them and make my case.
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“It’s been prolonged and it’s traumatic for me, my family and everyone involved – we don’t need to take back what happened.”
Warner made no secret of his hopes of captaining Australia and enjoyed warm support from former players and leading cricket pundits.
Under the code of conduct changes, Warner can apply to have its ban overturned by a three-person review panel.
Warner said, “I’m not a criminal. You’ve got to have a right of appeal at some point. I understand they put a ban, but banning someone for life, I think is a little harsh.”
“I’m a leader on the team, no matter what. I don’t need to see a C (captain) or VC (vice-captain) next to my name.”
Warner is often described as an unofficial leader in the Australian setup and captained Indian Premier League team Sunrisers Hyderabad for several seasons.
The Code of Conduct amendment arrived too late for Warner to be considered for the captaincy of the Australian ODI team, which had been vacated by Aaron Finch when he retired from the format in September. Read more
Test captain Pat Cummins was confirmed as ODI captain a month earlier, but later said he would be open to sharing the role with teammates including Warner to lighten his burden as a versatile player.
Warner though had a poor tournament with the bat in the last T20 Globalism In the Australian Cup, he is seen as a potential successor to captain Finch, who may choose to relinquish the role after the home summer.
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