“I’m Not A Criminal, You Should Get Right To Appeal”: David Warner Hits Out At Captaincy Saga


One is disappointed David Warner Monday said he was “not guilty” and everyone should have the right to appeal as Cricket Australia paved the way for lifting his lifetime leadership ban. The dynamic opener and former Test vice-captain was banned from any leadership role in Australia for his part in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident in 2018. But under an amendment to the CA’s code of conduct confirmed on Monday, he can now make the request. A review of approval, an action not previously approved.

The code of conduct change was first proposed nine months ago and Warner said it had dragged on too long.

The Australian newspaper quoted the 36-year-old as saying in Melbourne, “It’s out, it’s traumatic for me and my family and everyone involved.”

“I think it’s about being fair because at the end of the day, I’m not a criminal. You should have the right to appeal at some point, you know.

“I understand that they have imposed bans, but to ban someone for life I think is a bit harsh.

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“So this is just an opportunity to come out and actually, you know, show that I’m actually remorseful. I’ve done my time to get back into the Australian cricket setup.”

Under the new rules, a player must show that “extraordinary circumstances exist to justify a sanction amendment”, including showing remorse and evidence of improved conduct.

CA said the policy “recognizes that players and player support staff are capable of genuine rehabilitation or rehabilitation”.

“This is intended to provide opportunities for players or player support staff to resume their previously held positions or duties under certain circumstances,” it added.

Pat Cummins Currently the Test and ODI captain of Australia Aaron Finch Captain of the T20 team.

Finch will be a prime candidate to take over the T20 captaincy if Warner’s ban is lifted, as he did recently in the 50-over format.

Along with Steve Smith, Warner will also be there. Josh Hazelwood And Alex Carey, deputizing for Cummins or acting as his vice-captain. It may also allow him to lead his Big Bash League side Sydney Thunder.

Warner was named as the main villain in the “Sandpaper-Gate” ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in 2018, which conspired with then-captain Smith and Cameron Bancroft To change the ball during the third Test in Cape Town.

Smith, like Warner, was banned for a year but his leadership sanction lasted only two years.

Both players have bounced back to regain their place in the national team across all three formats of the game.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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