Ball-tampering row: Warner apologises, says he put stain on game he loves

29 March 2018, 03:02 PM
Warner apologises, says he put stain on game he loves(Source - file pic)
Warner apologises, says he put stain on game he loves(Source - file pic)

Banned Australian opener David Warner on Thursday finally broke his silence when he apologised for his role in the ball-tampering scandal. He said that he put a "stain on the game he loved as a boy".

Warner along with skipper Steve Smith was identified as the chief plotter of the infamous incident in South Africa which lead to one-year bans on both the players.

He took his Twitter handle to apologise and wrote "To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back to Sydney. Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket''.

"I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy."

The 31-year-old Warner, who can still play club cricket, said he needs time to reassess his future.

"I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days," he added.

Following Cricket Australia's investigation into the scandal, it has come to light that Smith and Cameron Bancroft knew what they were getting into but it was Warner who developed the "plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball".

Bancroft, who has been handed a nine-month suspension, was caught on camera pulling out sand paper to tamper the ball.

Cricket Australia made it clear that Smith still has a chance to captain Australian side one year after the end of his ban, on the other hand, Warner will never be considered for a leadership role.

The former vice-captain has been charged for instructing 'a junior player to carry out a plan to take steps to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper'.

All the three indicted players have also been ordered to undertake 100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket.

However, Cricket Australia has cleared coach Darren Lehmann of any wrongdoing, insisting that he was not aware of the plan hatched by the trio.

First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:13 AM
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