David Warner could return to captaincy duties in BBL after calls for code of conduct review

Australia star opener David Warner returned to captaincy in the Big Bash League back in December after the country’s cricket board called for a review of his code of conduct.

Under current rules, players do not have the right to have a sanction reviewed once it has been accepted.

However, Warner’s captaincy life ban for his involvement in the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal may be lifted following Cricket Australia’s review, allowing the cricketer to captain Sydney Thunder in the BBL or Australia in the future.

“The Board of Cricket Australia met today and among the items discussed was a possible change to the code of conduct in relation to long-term sanctions,” CA said in a statement on Friday.

For the penalty to be vacated, Warner must present his case to CA’s Code of Conduct Officer.

“The change would allow a person to review a sentence they accepted after a reasonable period of time.

“Currently, the code states that once a charge and sentence has been accepted, there is no opportunity for review. The applicant would have to demonstrate that they have undergone genuine reform relevant to the offense for which they were convicted,” it said.

“Any review would not re-examine the original sanction, other than suspending a penalty as recognition of genuine reform. The Board has requested that the CA Director of Integrity propose an amendment to the Code for consideration.

“It has been agreed that if an amendment to long-term sanctions is adopted, any review of a sanction will be heard by an independent code of conduct commission.” CA was forced to consider Warner’s captaincy ban following a motion by the Sydney Thunder over Cricket New South Wales to pull.

Warner joined Sydney Thunder earlier this year on a lucrative 10-year deal.

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