After signing a two-year deal with Sydney Thunder to return to the Big Bash League, the star opener David Warner Cricket Australia (CA) has been asked to lift the life ban on holding any captaincy post. Warner was given the most punishment among the three players involved in the 2018 ball-tampering incident against South Africa in Cape Town, along with Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft. The left-handed batsman was barred from holding any leadership position in Australian cricket for the rest of his career. However, there is a growing feeling that the decision needs to be reversed to allow Warner to take over the captaincy at least in the BBL, said a report in ESPNcricinfo. Thunder will also need a new captain for the 2022-23 season after Usman Khawaja moved to Brisbane Heat.
“It’s not really brought to the table. As I’ve said off the record several times, it’s on board for me to reach out and open their doors. Then I can sit down and have an honest conversation with them Warner said on Sunday. “The board has changed in 2018 and that’s when all those restrictions have been dealt with. It would be great to interact with them and see where we are.”
Significantly, Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins has been a strong supporter of lifting the ban on Warner.
“I don’t understand why not. He’s a fantastic leader. I hope so,” Cummins said at a recent Chappell Foundation dinner at the SCG. Meanwhile, Smith, who was captain at Newlands in 2018, was given a two-year leadership ban and led Australia in the second Test against England in Adelaide last year after Cummins was tested positive for close contact with the Covid-19. was thrown out. However, whether there is a captaincy position in Australian cricket again, the 35-year-old Warner believes he can take on the leadership role.
“I have experience, I’m a leader in favor of no titles anyway. That’s what I’m giving back about, so if they [younger players] Any way my mind can choose, my phone is always there, they have my number, and they can see me when I’m at the practice facilities.” Announcing Warner’s signing, the Thunder told the club. A decision on captaincy “will be made closer to the start of the season”, he said.