David Warner's Captaincy Ban Could Be Lifted As Cricket Australia (CA) Calls For Review Of Code Of Conduct

Published - 15 Oct 2022, 04:03 PM

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David Warner. (Photo: Twitter)

The captaincy ban of the veteran Australia National Cricket Team opener David Warner could be lifted and he could return to captaincy duties in the upcoming season of the Big Bash League (BBL) as Cricket Australia (CA) has called for a review of its code of conduct.

In March 2018, during the third Test match of the series between Australia and South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town, Australian player Cameron Bancroft was caught by television cameras trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper.

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David Warner. (Photo: Twitter)

Then-captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were found to be involved in the ball-tampering scandal, famously known as the Sandpapergate scandal, and they received unprecedented sanctions from Cricket Australia (CA).

Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for 12 months each from international and domestic cricket while Cameron Bancroft was banned for 9 months. Also, both Smith and Warner were stripped of all leadership entitlements with Smith, who is currently Australia’s Test vice-captain, receiving a two-year leadership ban and Warner receiving a lifetime leadership ban.

Meanwhile, the rules that are currently in place don’t allow players to have a sanction reviewed once it has been accepted. However, the lifetime captaincy ban of the star batter Warner may be commuted by CA after the review, enabling the 35-year-old to lead Sydney Thunder in the BBL or Australia in future.

“Cricket Australia’s board met today and among the items discussed was a possible amendment to the code of conduct in respect to long-term sanctions,” CA said in a statement on Friday.

David Warner Could Soon Return To Captaincy Duties

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The Australia National Cricket Team opening batsman David Warner had recently expressed his desire to once again lead Australia in international cricket.

Meanwhile, the star batter David Warner will have to plead his case before CA’s code of conduct commissioner for the penalty to be withdrawn.

“The amendment would allow a person to request a penalty that they had accepted be reviewed after an appropriate period of time.

“Currently the code states that once a charge and penalty is accepted, there is no avenue for review. The onus would be on the applicant to prove they had undergone genuine reform relevant to the offence they were sanctioned for,” CA stated.

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“Any review would not revisit the original sanction, other than suspension of a penalty in recognition of genuine reform. The board has requested that the CA head of integrity propose an amendment to the code for consideration.

“It was agreed that should an amendment in respect to long-term sanctions be adopted, any review of a penalty would be heard by an independent code of conduct commission.”

David Warner is all set to return to the Big Bash League for the first time in nine years after signing a contract with Sydney Thunder. Notably, Cricket Australia (CA) was forced to consider David Warner’s captaincy ban following a request by Sydney Thunder through Cricket New South Wales.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) has already announced the complete schedule for the Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23, which will be the 12th edition of Australia’s T20 competition.

The tournament is set to commence on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, with Sydney Thunder taking on the Melbourne Stars at the Manuka Oval, and the final of the T20 league will take place on February 4, 2022.

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