There's more to it: Warner on captaincy ban not just being a result of sandpaper scandal
Four years ago, the cricket fraternity was stunned with the Sandpaper Gate as Australia banned Steve Smith and David Warner for 12 months after they were found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa. In addition to the 12-month ban, Warner was also handed over a lifetime leadership ban by Cricket Australia (CA).
However, Warner has now revealed that there was more to his lifetime leadership ban than just him being a part of the Sandpaper Gate.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at a Kayo Sports launch for the summer of cricket, Warner said the decision was not just an outcome of his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate, but also of some other events from the past.
“Unfortunately a lot of the events before 2018 were with the board. The MOU stuff and all that. There was a lot of stuff that was… things got over and above in terms of more than the Cape Town stuff. There was more to it. I think that’s where my decision, the penalty that was handed down was more of stuff that was happening before that,” Warner said.
With Aaron Finch stepping down as Australia's ODI captain, the selectors need to appoint a new captain soon. And while Australian Test captain Pat Cummins is the favourite for the ODI captaincy job as well, Warner said it would be a privilege for him to be considered for ODI captaincy duties.
“Obviously Pat has the Test captaincy and he will be offered the job if he wants to take it, and rightfully so. For me, I know everyone is talking about it and I’m being endorsed by a few people but it’s something for me, it’s just about making sure Cricket Australia, if they’re going to have those conversations with me that they do have those conversations,” Warner said.