David Warner, the opener and the vice-captain of team Australia was identified by Cricket Australia as the architect of the events that unfolded during the third Test in Cape Town, is on his way back to Sydney. David Warner along with Australian skipper Steve Smith banned by Cricket Australia from playing cricket for the country for 12 months for ball-tampering, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft has been suspended for nine months by the Australian cricket body.
Warner, who was identified by Cricket Australia as the architect of the events that unfolded during the third Test in Cape Town, is on his way back to Sydney. Now, David Warner has broken his silence to apologize for his role in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa, admitting such behaviour is a “stain on the game”.
In his first public comment since being stripped of the vice-captaincy and banned for 12 months, he posted a message on Twitter addressing “cricket fans in Australia and all over the world”.
“Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket,” he wrote. “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. I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisors.
“You will hear from me in a dew days.”
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) March 29, 2018
Warner is expected to land in Sydney on Thursday night local time, but is unlikely to face the media immediately.
Following the developments that have unfolded over the last few days and the massive outpour of public outrage in Australia, Warner stepped down as the captain of Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India later announced that Warner, along with Smith, would take no part in the upcoming IPL season.
Warner’s woes deepened after sponsors LG Electronics cut ties with him.