“Saved His Punishment…”: Greg Chappell Wants This Australian Star’s Captaincy Ban To End
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Australian batting great Greg Chappell on Tuesday demanded the lifting of the life captaincy ban on David Warner, saying the star batsman has the ability to lead the team successfully. Warner, former captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned from playing domestic or international cricket for their roles in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Warner and Smith were banned for one year, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Additionally, Smith was stripped of captaincy and banned from leading Australia for two years, while Warner was handed a lifetime leadership ban.
“He clearly had a central role in what happened but he was not alone and I don’t know why he should be treated differently,” Chappell told Fox Sports News.
“He has served his sentence, he is a good leader and there is no doubt that if he had got a chance, I am sure he would have captained the team quite well.
“I think they’ve paid their penalty and it’s time to open up to leadership roles,” he said.
According to Cricket Australia’s investigation after the incident, while Smith and Bancroft knew what they were doing, it was Warner who developed the “plan to attempt to artificially alter the position of the ball”.
Former captain Ian Chappell had also questioned why Smith deserves to captain Australia again when Warner is not there.
Last month, Test captain Pat Cummins called for the suspension of Warner’s life ban.
The pacer said he “fundamentally” disagreed with imposing a life ban on anyone.
However, Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said last week that although Warner was an “outstanding” leader in the team, there were no plans to revoke the ban.
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