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"Someone Was Clearly...": David Warner Recalls 2018 'Sandpaper Gate' Scandal Ahead Of Final Test
Jan 01, 2024 05:36 pm

Ahead of his final Test match at his home arena of Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Australian opener David Warner reflected on the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town that led to a one-year ban from cricket and a ban from assuming leadership roles in Australia, saying that the issue could have been handled differently but he has moved on from it. Warner will bid farewell to the longest format of the game with the third Test against Pakistan at his home arena of Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).On being asked if he holds any bitterness over his suspension and leadership ban handled by Cricket Australia, Warner said that he has moved on from the issue though it could have been handled differently. Since then, he has enjoyed his leadership roles in T20 leagues worldwide, but for him, leadership is no about a badge, but setting an example both on the field and away from it."I knew a question like this was going to come up. When I look back at that, it can be handled differently. But I think Nick (Hockley, CA's chief executive) did his ultimate best to put that forward to the board and the decision was made, and I am happy with that. I have moved forward from that. I have got opportunities to lead in the IPL, to lead in the ILT20. I have enjoyed my leadership roles," said Warner as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.