David Warner apologises for ball-tampering saga, says he needs to spend time with his advisers

  • David Warner posted a message on his official Twitter account a few hours back, apologising for his actions and for letting down Australian fans
  • The opener also said that he will be spending some time with his family and his advisors before answering any questions from the media
  • David Warner ball tampering incident with Smith and Bancroft has led to the trio facing heavy bans by Cricket Australia
  • Smith and Warner have been banned from international cricket for one year, while Bancroft has been suspended for 9 months

Cricket Australia, on Wednesday (March 28), announced their sanctions regarding the tainted trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. Former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner will not be allowed to play any international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia for the period of next 12 months. While 8-test old Cameron Bancroft will be banned for a period of 9 months, which means he can make his return by the next Australian summer. Steve Smith and David Warner ball tampering incident has left the world cricket in shock, with some very strong reactions coming in from Australia. In other David Warner news, the opener is expected to lose millions in salary and sponsorship deals, LG Australia yesterday terminated his contract prematurely.

The whole cricket family is disappointed about what we’ve done to the game: Bancroft

As we write, Cameron Bancroft is at the WACA ground in Perth holding a press-conference in order to apologise to the cricket family in Australia and around the world. While speaking about the incident, Bancroft has said, “It is something I will regret for the rest of my life. All I can do in the short term is ask for forgiveness. I will do my best to contribute to the community.

He also spoke about Steve Smith, with whom he gave that infamous press-conference on Saturday evening in Cape Town. “The whole cricket family is disappointed about what we’ve done to the game. I think it’s a great shock to everyone and a realisation we need to improve,” said the former vice-captain.

Steve Smith is expected hold a press conference himself later in the day. The former Rajasthan Royals captain will not be allowed to captain the Australian national team for a period of 2 years, while David Warner ball tampering involvement has ensured that the opener will never be given the captaincy of his national team. After being silent for so many days, David Warner posted a message on his official Twitter a few hours back, regretting his mistakes and apologising to the cricket fans in Australia and all over the world.

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The Orange Cap winner from IPL season 10, David Warner wrote on his Twitter account: 

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.

Its 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 advisers. You will hear from me in a few days.

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Williamson, not Dhawan, takes over from Warner as SRH captain

In other David Warner news, the opening batsman has been banned from playing in IPL season 11 by the BCCI along with Steve Smith. In breaking David Warner news, Kane Williamson will captain the SRH team for the upcoming season, much to the disappointment of Indian fans, who expected Shikhar Dhawan to be handed the captaincy.
The tainted trio have been banned from playing domestic cricket in Australia but can still take part in foreign leagues and tournaments. Steve Smith is expected to take part in English Country Cricket in the summer, a move which will definitely help him prepare better for the World Cup next year and the Ashes.
Cameron Bancroft was due to play for Somerset in the upcoming English County Cricket season, however, the team has put out two statements since the incidents and confirmed they are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
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