David Warner withdraws bid to have lifetime captaincy ban revoked – The Guardian

In a lengthy Instagram post, Warner claimed the review panel wanted to ‘conduct a public trial of me and what occurred during the third Test’
David Warner will withdraw his bid to have his lifetime captaincy ban lifted, accusing the independent panel conducting the review of wanting to publicly lynch him.
In a bombshell development on the eve of the Adelaide Test, Warner also claimed counsel assisting the review had made offensive and unhelpful comments about him during the initial process.
In a lengthy 793-word statement posted on his Instagram page, Warner revealed he had applied to have his leadership ban lifted a fortnight ago.
Under the belief the review would centre more on his own growth since the 2018 ball-tampering saga, Warner said he was dismayed to be told the review would include a cross-examination on the issue.
The 36-year-old claimed he had the support of Cricket Australia to not have that process go ahead during his application, but was on Wednesday told his push had been rejected.
“In effect, counsel assisting, and, it appears, to some extent the review panel, want to conduct a public trial of me and what occurred during the Third Test at Newlands,” Warner said.
“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.
“And the review panel appears determined to expose me and my family to further humiliation and harm by conducting a media circus.”
According to a statement released by CA last month after nine months of pushing for change, players and staff could have long-term sanctions reviewed by a three-person review panel, comprising independent code-of-conduct commissioners.
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Warner himself also pointed to Article 10.7 of the code, which he claimed stated “that the hearing is not an appeal of the original decision or a new review of the offence”.
In turn, the opener claimed the panel had little regard for his or his teammates’ welfare in wanting to reopen the case.
“It appears that the panel has 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,” Warner wrote.
Warner said he felt he had no choice but to drop his application, ending his hopes of ever captaining Australia or a domestic team in the country again.
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“Regrettably, I have no practical alternative at this point in time but to withdraw my application,” Warner said.
“I am not prepared to subject my family or my teammates 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.”
In his statement, Warner also claimed the counsel assisting in the matter had since been terminated.
The Sydneysider however remained adamant he had changed significantly since the ball-tampering saga and he also had deep regret and remorse.
“Since that Test and even though my ban from leadership roles may never be lifted, I have taken it upon myself to reform, to rehabilitate and to transform my approach to the game,” he said.
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