David Warner, the legendary opener for Australia and a former vice-captain, may not play in the next Big Bash League season in Australia if Cricket Australia’s leadership suspension is not lifted.
Recently, Warner’s partner Candice discussed the subject with Dan, Richard, and Candice at Triple M’s Deadset Legends.
David Warner’s Leadership Ban Bothering Candice
“Yeah it (the ban) bothers me, I don’t like injustice so it does bother me,” she said.
“But it doesn’t really bother him because he can go and captain in the UAE, he can go and captain in India where people appreciate his cricketing brain and what he can bring to a team.”
Additionally, Candice stated that the family will decide whether to participate in the Australian T20 League Summer in the near future.
“Regardless of whether the ban is lifted or not, if he plays Big Bash, it’s a decision we talk about what’s best for the family in this period.
Also, there’s another league going on in the UAE, which financially (has) much bigger money. It’s not just a matter of lifting Dave’s ban, it’s a matter of what’s best for our family. And Dave’s just accepted he has this ban now.”
David Warner A Fantastic Leader: Pat Cummins
Following the Sandpapergate affair on the Australia tour of South Africa in 2018, Cricket Australia gave Warner a one-year suspension from the sport and a lifetime leadership ban. Warner hasn’t been handed any leadership roles in Australia because of the ban, even though Steve Smith, the previous Australian captain, has been named as the vice-captain under Pat Cummins.
Cummins himself had said, “(Warner) is a fantastic leader around our squad here…If he has a formal role, he’d be fantastic with that as well. So if that ever came up, he’d be great.”
Todd Greenberg, the chairman of the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), had stated publicly last year that he welcomed a conversation with Cricket Australia about revoking Warner’s suspension.
Nick Cummins, the head of Victorian Cricket, on the other hand, had said that CA had no power to prevent BBL clubs or the state teams from selecting the southpaw as their captain.