David Warner’s captaincy ban may be overturned, likely in battle for ODI leadership: report

David Warner’s lifetime leadership ban could be lifted as Cricket Australia directors consider rewriting the organisation’s code of ethics, a report says. Warner was handed a managerial ban following the infamous ball-tampering scandal of 2018 but the 35-year-old, who is heading for 100 T20 caps and 100 Test appearances, was viewed as a possible candidate for Australia’s vacant ODI captaincy. However, he cannot take on the role under the current rules.

“CA’s code would need to be rewritten before Warner’s ban could be reviewed, and a rewrite is something directors will discuss at Friday’s board meeting in Hobart,” according to a report from the Australian Associated Press.

The report quoted CA Chairman Lachlan Henderson as saying that the organization’s code of ethics could be rewritten if necessary. “The view within Cricket Australia is that David excels on the field and is a great contributor off the field,” said Henderson.

“The first step in relation to David’s leadership ban is to review the code and see if those sanctions can be reviewed and make the appropriate changes to that code that would need to be made.

“Our intention is to review the Code as soon as possible. It is not in our interest to delay this. It would be timely for future leadership discussions regarding David.” According to the report, however, CA is wary that any change to the Code, in consultation with Ethics Commissioner Simon Longstaff, could impact matters outside of Warner.

At the same time, CEO Nick Hockley emphasized that players have the right to show that they have changed. “In very simple terms, we provide sanctions that will need to be reviewed for good behavior and growth over time,” Hockley said.

“A revision of the Code would then need to take place in anticipation of tomorrow’s discussion, for approval by the Board.” CA reported a loss of AUD$5.1 million for the 2021-22 financial year at Thursday’s shareholders meeting. CA largely attributed the loss to the challenges of the pandemic, such as: B. Biosecurity costs and reduced audience capacity, as well as the decline in media rights from the UK for last summer’s Ashes.

CA also remained undecided on whether to lift the ban on playing Afghanistan in bilateral games ahead of a three-game ODI series early next year, according to the report.

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Australia had refused to host Afghanistan under Taliban rule last summer but has agreed to face them at the T20 World Cup on November 4 as it is an ICC event.

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