After Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft declined to appeal for the ban imposed by Cricket Australia (CA), all eyes were on David Warner who was yet to announce his decision.
But in the end, Warner has joined Smith and Bancroft in accepting Cricket Australia’s sanctions for his role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. Warner announced it in the social media just like his team-mates.
He has let Cricket Australia know that he accepts the ban and he is truly sorry for all the actions and also said he will try all he can to be a better person.
“I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model,” Warner tweeted.
Comparing with the other two, Warner got even a bigger punishment as he has been banned from holding any leadership role within the national team for the remainder of his playing career.
However, he is free to play Premier Cricket as well in overseas domestic competitions, subject to Cricket Australia granting him a No Objection Certificate.
The former Australian captain Steve Smith was the first man to announce that he will not appeal for the ban. Few hours later, Bancroft did the same via social media. Many predicted that Warner might appeal for the ban but in the end all of them accepted their mistake and are ready to serve the punishment that has been given by Cricket Australia.
This means, the former Australia captain and vice-captain will not be able to play in both international and domestic cricket for the next 12 months while Bancroft can not play for the next 9 motnhs.
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