The door opens for Warner’s Australian captaincy ban to be lifted in 2022

The door opens for Warner’s Australian captaincy ban to be lifted in 2022

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Cricket Australia amended its player code of conduct policy on Monday, paving the way for David Warner to request that his lifetime leadership ban be lifted.

The dynamic pacesetter and former Test vice-captain was banned from any leadership role in Australia for his part in the Cape Town ball tampering affair in 2018.

He was also slapped with a one-year suspension from playing, but bounced back to reclaim his place on the national team in all three formats of the game.

Under Cricket Australia’s amended policy, Warner will now be able to seek a review of his captaincy ban before a panel of three code of conduct commissioners.

The 36-year-old must demonstrate that “exceptional circumstances exist to justify changing a penalty”, including demonstration of remorse and evidence of improved behaviour.

The new rule “recognizes that players and player support staff are capable of effecting genuine reform or rehabilitation.”

“It is intended to provide the player or player support personnel with an opportunity to resume their previously held positions or responsibilities under specific circumstances,” CA added.

Under the previous code of conduct, players did not have the right to review a sanction once it was accepted.

Pat Cummins is currently Australia’s Test and ODI captain and Aaron Finch skipper of the T20 squad.

Warner’s ban

A lifting of Warner’s ban would make him a prime candidate to take over as T20 captain if Finch steps down, as he has recently done from the 50-over format.

Warner would also be in the mix, along with Steve Smith, Josh Hazlewood and Alex Carey, to replace Cummins or act as his vice-captain. It could also allow him to lead his Big Bash League team Sydney Thunder.

Warner was singled out as the key villain in the ‘Sandpaper-gate’ ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in 2018 after conspiring with then skipper Smith and Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during the Third Test in Cape Town .

Like Warner, Smith was also banned for one year, but his leadership sanction lasted only two years.

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