David Warner has unloaded on Cricket Australia for the “traumatising” delay in making the code of conduct changes which have opened the door the batting star to overturn his lifetime leadership ban.
On Monday CA confirmed it had approved changes to its code allowing players to “apply to have long-term sanctions modified” and Warner will take up the offer in order to either overturn or at least change the terms of the ban handed down for his role in the sandpaper scandal in 2018.
But for Warner the changes have come nine months too late, having first been mooted in February, and the 35-year-old launched on the process that he said made it look like “I am campaigning, which I am not.”
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“That’s where it’s been disappointing it’s taken this long to get to where it has,” Warner said in Melbourne on Monday.
“It was brought up in I think February this year. So it’s been drawn out it’s you know it’s traumatic for me and my family and everyone else that was involved in it. We haven’t needed to go back into that detail, we don’t need to relive what happened.
“I think it’s just about being fair that at the end of the day, I’m not a criminal. You should get a right of appeal at some stage you know.
“I understand that they put a ban in place but banning someone for life I think is a bit harsh. So it’s just an opportunity to come out and actually, you know, show that I’m actually remorseful. I’ve done my time to get back into the Australian cricket setup.
“You know what, what happened happened and now we’ve done our best to move on and put our best foot forward and do the best we can for Australian cricket. So it’s been disappointing. But yeah, hopefully a decision can be made and we can just move forward.”
Warner was scathing of the fact it took “four days” to investigate and then ban him for his actions in cape Town in 2018, but so long for CA to alter its own rules.
“Yeah, it’s one of those challenging ones where I feel like it’s all been it’s all about me now campaigning. That’s what it looks like. And it’s totally not that,” he said.
“And it’s frustrating because we could have, you know, done this about nine months ago when it was first brought up. It’s unfortunate that obviously Finchy retired and then they sort of fast track it in their own way.
“It‘s a tad disappointing that when you make a decision in 2018, it’s in four days, and then this takes nine months. But it’s good to get in a position where we are now today.”
Warner said he will take up CA’s offer to put forward a case, and hoped it could be resolved potentially in time for him to captain the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash, should they want him to, when he joins them in January.
And application, which CA said would not be an “appeal” against the original sanction, would be heard by a three-person panel, but not timelines have been established.
“It gives me an opportunity to ring up the integrity unit to have a word to them and put forward my case of, I guess, the 100 hours that I did in 2018 for what happened,” he said.
“Now, basically, yeah, all this good behaviour stuff that I’ve done. I think I have to put forward so I’m happy to do that. And I’ll have to wait to see in due course when my schedule fits to how to do that.
“It’s obviously up to the Thunder if they want to appoint me as captain. If they if they would like me to do it, I’m happy to put my hand up.
“If they asked me to do it, then I’d like to push that forward as fast as we can. But at the moment once we finish this game, we’re back to back test matches and it’d be hard for me to come to Melbourne to have that discussion.”
Warner didn’t make any suggestion about potentially wanted to captain Australia again should the ban be lifted, despite being linked to the vacant national T20 job.
“I think that‘s out of my hands. As I mentioned before, for me, it’s about going out there and doing my best for the team,” he said.
“And I’ve said this before that I’m a leader in the team, no matter what you don’t need a C or a VC. It’s about putting my best foot forward and making sure that I’m applying what I’m there to do and that score runs.
“I’d like to keep my knowledge going around and help as much as I can. I think I’ve got a lot of expertise in the area and the leadership roles. So if I help anyone at any stage, I’ll be,I’ll be happy to do that.”