Star After the nation’s cricket board called for a review of its code of conduct, Australian opener David Warner may be seen resuming captaincy responsibilities as early as in the Big Bash League in December. Players currently do not have the option to have a sanction that has already been accepted be reviewed. Warner’s lifetime ban from serving as captain, imposed for his part in the infamous ball-tampering controversy of 2018, May, however, be mitigated by Cricket Australia following the review, allowing the cricketer to captain Sydney Thunder in the BBL or Australia going forward.
“Cricket Australia’s board met today and among the items discussed was a possible amendment to the code of conduct in respect to long-term sanctions,” CA said in a statement on Friday. Warner will need to argue his case before the CA code of conduct commissioner in order for the punishment to be reduced. “The amendment would allow a person to request a penalty that they had accepted be reviewed after an appropriate period of time.
“Currently the code states that once a charge and penalty is accepted, there is no avenue for review. The onus would be on the applicant to prove they had undergone genuine reform relevant to the offence they were sanctioned for,” it read. “Any review would not revisit the original sanction, other than suspension of a penalty in recognition of genuine reform. The board has requested that the CA head of integrity propose an amendment to the code for consideration.
“It was agreed that should an amendment in respect to long-term sanctions be adopted, any review of a penalty would be heard by an independent code of conduct commission.” CA was forced to consider Warner’s captaincy ban following a request by Sydney Thunder through Cricket New South Wales. Warner signed a hefty 10-year contract to play for Sydney Thunder earlier this year.