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I'm sorry: Warner accepts CA ban

Suspended cricketer announces decision not to appeal CA sanctions via social media

Louis Cameron

05 April 2018, 05:00 PM

David Warner has joined Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft in accepting Cricket Australia's sanctions for his role in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

Warner, like his teammates both did yesterday, took to social media to confirm he's accepted his lengthy suspension from international and Australian domestic cricket.

"I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me," Warner tweeted on Thursday afternoon (AEST).

"I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model.

"I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model."

It means Warner will not play for Australia for the next 12 months and is also precluded from playing for NSW during that period.

He has been banned from holding any leadership role within the national team for the remainder of his playing career.

The opener is however free to play Premier Cricket as well in overseas domestic competitions, subject to Cricket Australia granting him a No Objection Certificate.

Warner’s decision not to appeal would appear to draw a line under the saga, which has gained worldwide attention and sparked condemnation from the likes of the Australian Prime Minister.

Both Smith and Bancroft announced they’d accepted their fate on Wednesday, opting not to challenge the respective 12 and nine-month suspensions handed down by CA last week.

Warner tearfully apologised for his role in the fiasco on Saturday, admitting he was resigned to the fact he may never play for Australia again.

But his decision not to contest the charges handed down by CA indicates he holds out hope of one day pulling on his Baggy Green again.

"To the fans and the lovers of the game who have supported and inspired me on my journey as a cricketer, I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me," Warner said last week.

"I have let you down badly. I hope in time I can find a way to repay you for all you've given me and possibly earn your respect again.

"There's a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again but I'm resigned to the fact that that may never happen again.

"In the coming weeks and months I'm going to look at how this happened and who I am as a man.

"I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes."

Warner apologises but leaves out the detail

The 31-year-old arrived back in Australia last week having been responsible for the "development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball", and "instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan", according to CA’s sanctions.

He was also charged with providing advice to Bancroft on how to tamper with the ball "including demonstrating how it could be done" as well as misleading the Newlands match officials by concealing his knowledge of the plan.

Both Warner and Smith have had their A$2.4million Indian Premier League contracts torn up by the Board of Control for Cricket of India, and banned from this year's tournament.

The former captain and vice-captain will be available to return to all forms of cricket in March 2019, while Bancroft will be permitted to play again in December this year.