Warner open to having ‘honest conversation’ with CA

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David Warner has called on Cricket Australia to approach him about overturning his lifetime ban on holding any captaincy position after he signed a two-year deal to return to the BBL with Sydney Thunder.

Warner was the most heavily punished of the three players involved in the 2018 ball-tampering incident against South Africa in Cape Town – alongside Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft – with him prevented from holding any leadership position in Australian cricket for the rest of his career.

However, there is growing sentiment in the game that the decision needs to be overturned to allow Warner to captain in the BBL at least. Thunder will need a new captain for the 2022-23 season after Usman Khawaja moved to Brisbane Heat.

“That hasn’t really been brought to the table,” Warner said on Sunday. “As I’ve said plenty of times off the record, it’s upon the board to reach out to me and open their doors. Then I can sit down and have an honest conversation with them. (Reuters)