Warner withdraws appeal against lifetime leadership ban

By Sports Desk December 07, 2022

David Warner has withdrawn his appeal against a lifetime captaincy ban with Australia as he has no interest in "a public lynching" over his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

Opening batter Warner was banned from elite cricket for a year and from leadership positions for life in 2018 for his role in the sandpaper scandal at Newlands in 2018.

The 36-year-old expressed fears he would never play for his country again but has since returned to enjoy T20 World Cup success, coupled with an Ashes demolition of England.

Warner was given the chance to appeal against the decision after Cricket Australia's code of conduct changed in November, but he has now confirmed he will no longer do so.

In a lengthy social media post on the eve of Australia's second Test against West Indies, Warner said: "My family is more important to me than cricket.

"To some extent the Review Panel want to conduct a public trial of me and what occurred during the third Test at Newlands. 

"They want to conduct a public spectacle to, in the Panel's words, have a "cleansing". I am not prepared for my family to be the washing machine for cricket's dirty laundry.

"The Panel's given no more than passing consideration to issues of player welfare and the interests of Australian cricket and is instead determined to conduct a public lynching.

"Regrettably, I have no practical alternative at this point in time but to withdraw my application. 

"I'm not prepared to subject my family or my team-mates to further trauma and disruption by accepting a departure from the way in which my application should be dealt with pursuant to the Code of Conduct. Some things are more important than cricket."

Cricket Australia said it was disappointed with the outcome but respected Warner's decision.

"We are disappointed with this outcome as our intention was to give David the opportunity to demonstrate why his lifetime leadership ban should be varied at an independent hearing and we amended our Code of Conduct accordingly," Wednesday's statement read.

"We supported David's wish for these discussions to be heard behind closed doors and respect his decision to withdraw his application.

"David is a very senior and highly regarded member of the Australian team who has been a great ambassador for the game as a whole since his return from a year-long ban."

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