Warner slams CA for drawn-out review of captaincy ban

Published November 22, 2022
Australia's David Warner watches a bouncer pass over during the third one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Australia and England at the MCG in Melbourne on November 22. — AFP
Australia's David Warner watches a bouncer pass over during the third one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Australia and England at the MCG in Melbourne on November 22. — AFP

MELBOURNE: David Warner has welcomed the chance to apply to overturn his life ban from leadership roles in Australia’s teams but he also criticised the country’s cricket board for taking time to set up the process.

Opening batsman Warner was banned from the elite game for a year and from leadership positions for life in 2018 after he was adjudged to have played the leading role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.

The former Test vice-captain can now request a review of the leadership ban after Cricket Australia (CA) approved changes to its integrity code to allow players and staff to apply for relief from long-term sanctions.

The changes confirmed on Monday come nine months after the Australian players’ union wrote to CA in February urging Warner’s ban be reconsidered.

Warner said the drawn-out process had been “traumatic” for him, and compared it to the four days the board took to ban him in 2018 when the ball-tampering scandal broke.

“It’s a tad disappointing that when you make a decis­ion in 2018 it’s in four days, and then this takes nine mon­ths,” Warner said on Mon­day. “It’s good to get in a position where it gives me an opportunity to ring up the integrity unit to have a word to them and put forward my case.

“It’s been drawn out and it’s traumatic for me, my family and everyone else who was involved in it — we don’t need to relive what happened. I’m not a criminal. You should get the right of an appeal at some stage.

“I understand that they put a ban in place, but banning someone for life, I think it’s a bit harsh. I’m a leader in the team, no matter what. You don’t need to see a C (captain) or a VC (vice-captain) next to my name.”

The code of conduct amendment arrived too late for Warner to be considered for the captaincy of Australia’s ODI team, which Aaron Finch vacated when he retired from the format in September.

Published in Dawn, November 22nd, 2022

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