David Warner hits out at Cricket Australia for his ban

Veteran Australian cricketer David Warner has expressed his perplexity over Cricket Australia’s decision to impose a lifetime leadership ban on him. The left-handed opener, questioning the rationale behind the ban, emphasized that it seems illogical, especially considering he could potentially coach the national team in the future.

The ban on Warner’s captaincy arose from his involvement in the infamous sandpaper scandal during the 2018 South Africa tour, where he, as the vice-captain, played a central role. Subsequently, Cricket Australia banned him from all forms of cricket for a year. Warner has not been entrusted with any leadership responsibilities despite serving the suspension.

In an interview with Code Sports, Warner expressed his confusion, highlighting that coaching involves a similar level of responsibility as captaining. He finds it challenging to comprehend why Cricket Australia has not removed the ban.

“What’s the distinction between leading and coaching? You carry more responsibility as a coach, don’t you think? I’m unsure, I don’t know how to respond. It’s been five years, and I’m still unsure how to address the query. It’s a concept that’s difficult for me to grasp. Supposedly, I’ll have the opportunity to coach in Australia if permitted. So, yeah, I’m uncertain about it. It’s part of the agreement with Australia and a leadership role, so I simply don’t know. It’s quite perplexing.” he said.

Despite officially retiring from Test and ODI cricket, Warner concluded his international career on a positive note with a commendable performance in his final red-ball match against Pakistan in Sydney earlier this month. Scoring a half-century, he played a crucial role in Australia’s eight-wicket victory.

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