Michael Clarke, a former captain of Australia, has accused his country’s cricket board of having double standards and making David Warner the “scapegoat” in its clumsy handling of Warner’s ban from captaincy as a result of the ball-tampering scandal. Clarke was the captain of Australia when the scandal broke.
Warner is still subject to the leadership ban four years after the controversy, despite the fact that his co-conspirator Steve Smith is still leading Australia in the day-night test that is currently being played against the West Indies.
Warner, infuriated, withdrew his application for revocation of lifetime leadership ban on Wednesday, saying the independent review panel wanted him to go through “public lynching.” Warner stated that he was not prepared to let his family be the “washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry,” and that he was not going to let his family be the “washing machine for cricket’s dirty laundry.”
Michael Clarke stated that the investigation into the controversy that was conducted by Cricket Australia was inconsistent, and he did this to show support for his old teammate.
During an appearance on Big Sports Breakfast, Clarke stated, “You can sense he’s upset and frustrated.” “I believe the second issue that is probably the one that is going to hurt a little bit more is the fact that Steve Smith is going to skipper this Test match.
I can empathise with Davey’s feelings of frustration. In light of the fact that Davey is getting on in years, I believe that the opportunity for him to serve as captain has already passed him by. I don’t believe that to be the issue at hand; rather, I believe the problem is in the length of time it has taken to either digest this or get at the current state of affairs.
“In my opinion, there is a great deal of inconsistency. To believe that it is OK for one to have a leadership role but not acceptable for the other is very difficult for me to do.
If CA decided that none of the guys who were involved in what happened in South Africa were going to take a leadership position, I think that would be a fair call.
Michael Clarke is under the impression that Warner is being held responsible for the incident that took place in 2018.
“But if it’s alright for one, and if it’s okay for Smithy, then it’s got to be ok for (Cameron) Bancroft, and it’s got to be okay for Warner.
“I’m not sure if it’s fair to make David Warner the scapegoat for everything and then say that everyone else can get back to their normal lives. You are going to be forgiven, but Davey is not going to be forgiven.
Michael Clarke went on to say that he did not fully endorse any of the three individuals being involved in a leadership role, and he predicted that the scandal would continue even after they stepped down from their positions.
Clarke stated that there were a lot of things about the way that it was handled that were just not done in the appropriate way.
Let’s start with the fact that you committed the crime, shall we? How does it go away, don’t say anything. Faf du Plessis, a former captain of South Africa, has recently published a book, and this topic is discussed in it.
“The trouble with all of this is that there are (just) bits and pieces of what happened out there to protect so many different people, and that is the source of the problem. If they intend to make it public, then the entirety of it, from the very beginning to the very end, should be disclosed.
What are some ways you can move on if it continues cropping up? How does the game of cricket progress? Unluckily for the current Australian team, several of the players who were participating back then are involved now as well.
Because there are a great number of unanswered questions regarding what occurred, it appears that this topic will continue to be brought up until such time that they retire, as stated by Clarke.