Following the Sandpaper-gate affair, Candice Warner has accused Cricket Australia (CA) of attempting to “wipe” her husband David Warner off the national squad. The CA forbade the Australian opener from holding any leadership positions as a result of his involvement in the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town in 2018.
During the third Test match against South Africa, former Australia captain Steve Smith and then-Test vice-captain Warner persuaded batsman Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball using a piece of sandpaper. Following this, Warner and Smith were given one-year bans from the game, and Bancroft was sidelined for nine months. Warner was given a lifetime ban, while Smith received a two-year ban from all leadership positions.
Candice Warner said that Cricket Australia didn’t back David when they left the hotel in South Africa while appearing on The Matty Johns Podcast.
“There was no assistance. David was basically wiped out from the moment we departed the motel in South Africa. No representative of Cricket Australia offered to assist him. Nothing was present. It sounds like “basically, you’re on your own now.” It was essentially “fend for yourself.” Bye. We probably appreciate your assistance and will make every effort to prevent you from ever playing cricket for our nation again. We will hold you accountable for everything. They did it, too,” Candice David Warner claimed.
To permanently bar someone from leadership is simply wrong. In response to Smith’s change, Cricket Australia revised its code of conduct to permit the Australian opener to ask for a review of the punishment. The independent committee charged with enforcing the code of conduct informed both parties that they were holding the firm after a month. Later, Warner dropped his appeal against the leadership ban and accused the Review Panel of trying to carry out a “public lynching.”
Smith said the sentence his teammate received was “fundamentally incorrect” after Warner abandoned his appeal. He claimed that Warner always does his duties expertly and is a leader both on and off the field.
“In my opinion, permanently barring someone from leadership is just morally wrong. Like me, David has completed his sentence. We are aware of his leadership among the team and his outstanding work both on and off the field, Smith said.