David Warner Can Appeal about His Captaincy Ban | New Rules:
Australian batter, David Warner, can now appeal to have his lifetime captaincy ban modified following the changes in Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct which were approved by the governing body itself on Monday.
The 36 year old Warner was handed a lifetime captaincy ban along with 12 months of ban on playing any cricket back in 2018 when he was found to be the main instigator of the sandpaper-gate scandal in 3rd test match against South Africa in Cape Town. In the words of the left-hander himself, he said that he takes “full responsibility for the part I played” in the infamous scandal. The scandal saw David Warner, who was the vice captain of the Australian test team at that time, Steve Smith, the Skipper and Cameron Bancroft, the main actor of the ball-tampering incident, being handed bans for several months.
A ray of hope has appeared for the Australian opening batter’s dreams of captaining his national side once again as the Cricket Australia has allowed for a few changes in its Code of Conduct to be introduced. As per these changes, players and officials can appeal to alter their long-term sanctions in case they show remorse. CA, in a statement, said, “Cricket Australia (CA) has amended its Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel after a review by the CA Head of Integrity (Jacqui Partridge). The CA Board requested a Code of Conduct review at its October board meeting. The recommendations from this review have been accepted and given formal approval. Under the changes, players and support staff can now apply to have long-term sanctions modified.”
The Sydney-born batter will face a three-person panel to present his case and explain why his lifetime ban should be lifted or reduced, if he submits an application for reviewing his ban.
CA further explained in the statement that the application for modification of the sanctions will, in no way, be the review of the original ban but will consider the appellant player’s behavior since the ban was imposed and justifications presented to the panel.
“These circumstances and considerations will include whether the subject of the sanction has demonstrated genuine remorse.”
Despite everything going in his favor so far, David Warner is frustrated and disappointed at the Cricket Australia for doing what could have been done 9 months ago, when Australian Cricketers’ Association suggested it. Warner said, “It’s frustrating because we could have done this about nine months ago (in February) when it was first brought up. It’s been drawn out and it’s traumatic for me and my family and everyone else who was involved in it; we don’t need to relive what happened.”
If the lifetime ban actually gets slashed by the Australian cricket governing body, the left handed batsman will have a lot of captaincy opportunities waiting for him. He will be one of the potential contenders for captaining the Australian T20 side after the current skipper Aaron Finch, who is likely to retire, does so. Apart from that, the Southpaw’s team Sydney Thunders in Big Bash League will welcome him as a captain with open arms. The fiery opener has experience of captaining his side as well as captaining his franchise teams in leagues including IPL.