On Monday, Cricket Australia made a change to its player code of conduct policy, which cleared the door for David Warner to submit an appeal to have his lifelong ban from leadership roles reversed.
Because of his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that occurred in Cape Town in 2018, the dynamic opener and former vice-captain of the Test team was barred from holding any kind of leadership role in Australia.
In addition, he was given a playing suspension that lasted for one year; however, he was able to make a comeback and regain his position on the national team in all three formats of the game.
David Warner will now have the ability to submit a request for a review of his captaincy ban to a panel consisting of three code of conduct commissioners according to the revised policy that Cricket Australia has adopted.
The 36-year-old must demonstrate that “exceptional circumstances exist to justify modifying a sanction,” which includes showing remorse and evidence of improved behavior, in order to have her sentence reduced.
“acknowledges that athletes and player support personnel are capable of real reform or rehabilitation,” as stated in the new rule.
“It is intended to provide the player or player support personnel with the opportunity to resume their previously held positions or responsibilities in specific circumstances,” CA added. “It is not intended to provide the player with the opportunity to resume their previously held positions or responsibilities in general.”
Under the prior code of conduct, players did not have the right to contest a sanction after it had been approved.
Pat Cummins presently serves as Australia’s captain for both the Test and ODI teams, while Aaron Finch is in charge of the T20 squad.
If Warner’s ban were lifted, he would be in an excellent position to replace Finch as captain of the Twenty20 team should Finch decide to step down from the 50-over format, as he just did recently.
Warner, along with Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood, and Alex Carey, would be candidates to fill in for Cummins in his absence or serve as his vice captain if he were to step down. It might also provide him the opportunity to captain his Big Bash League team, Sydney Thunder.
Warner was portrayed as the primary antagonist in the ball-tampering scandal that occurred against South Africa in 2018 and was dubbed “Sandpaper-gate.” This was due to the fact that he conspired with the then-skipper Smith and Cameron Bancroft to alter the ball during the third test that took place in Cape Town.
Smith, just like Warner, received a punishment that lasted for an entire year, but his leadership sentence was only in place for two years.