David Warner open to have discussions with Cricket Australia to get lifetime captaincy ban overturned

Image Source : PTI David Warner in action

David Warner said that he is looking forward to having an “honest conversation” with Cricket Australia to “open their doors” and discuss overturning his lifetime leadership ban.

“As I’ve said plenty of times off the record, it’s upon the board to reach out to me and open their doors. Then I can sit down and have an honest conversation with them,” Warner said.

Why was Warner slammed with a ban of lifetime captaincy?

In the year 2018, Steve Smith and David Warner were found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

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While former skipper Steve Smith was stripped of the captaincy and banned from leading Australia for two years, Warner was slammed with a lifelong leadership ban.

However, several former and current players, including Test skipper Pat Cummins, have called for Warner’s life ban to end.

“That hasn’t been brought to the table,” Warner was quoted saying by ESPNCricinfo.

Warner, Smith and batter Cameron Bancroft were banned from playing domestic or international cricket as punishment for their roles in the infamous ball-tampering scandal.

Warner and Smith had been banned for one year, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

The 35-year-old Warner will feature in the Big Bash League for the first time since 2013 after signing a two-year deal with the Sydney Thunder.

The captaincy spot is open at Sydney Thunder after their former skipper Usman Khawaja moved to Brisbane Heat.

However, Warner said he can be a leader without having the title.
“I’ve got the experience, I’m a leader in the side anyway without having a title,” he said.

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“That’s what I’m about, giving back, so if they (younger players) can pick my brains in any way, my phone is always there, they have my number, and they can see me when I’m at the practice facilities,” he expressed.

(Inputs from PTI)

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