‘I Wanted To Put It To Bed And They Kept Dragging It Out’, David Warner Slams CA For Avoiding Leadership Duties

Star Australian opener David Warner expressed his dissatisfaction with Cricket Australia’s handling of his request to lift his management ban in November 2022. Warner and Steve Smith faced severe backlash after their involvement in the notorious ball-tampering incident. Smith was imposed a two-year suspension from leadership roles in Australian cricket. On the other hand, Warner was given a lifetime ban from the governing body of Australia.

David Warner made a formal request to remove his lifetime ban which has created a hindrance for him to hold any leadership role. Cricket Australia responded by revising its guidelines for player conduct allowing Warner to seek a review of his captaincy suspension through a panel of three code of conduct commissioners. However, Warner was dissatisfied with the public scrutiny surrounding the process and expected the proceedings to be conducted privately. After this, the left-handed batter withdrew his complaint.

Now, David Warner has once again ignited this matter and said that the members of the Australian Cricket Board did not handle the entire situation and his hearing in a professional way. He raised questions on the decision-making of CA.

While talking to Sydney Morning Herald, David Warner said, “It was ridiculous. I wanted to put it to bed and they kept dragging it out and not answering. No one wanted to take responsibility, no one wanted to make decisions. You have an administration where there seemed to be a lack of leadership.”

David Warner said that it was a kind of disrespect from Cricket Australia which involved him having to engage with his lawyers and attend calls during Test matches.

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“They could have nipped it in the bud but I’m getting a call first, second, and third of Test matches and talking to lawyers, etc when I didn’t need to. I felt disrespected in the way that I wasn’t able to have a clear mind to play the game and focus on the game. So, from that perspective, it wasn’t even like, ‘Oh, let’s stop and get back to this.’ It was nine months, it launched in February (2022). I was extremely disappointed,” Warner stated.

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