Cricket News: David Warner’s leadership ban continues

One of the most contentious issues in Australian cricket was “off the agenda” when Cricket Australia met on Thursday, raising further doubts that David Warner will ever return to the BBL.

Cricket Australia has praised David Warner for his “outstanding” leadership but has refused to lift the lifetime ban on him with any official role.

Warner was banned for life from holding an official senior position in Australian cricket following his role in South Africa’s ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

With the Big Bash looking to lure Australia’s biggest names back into the herd to help faltering TV ratings, there’s a feeling lifting the ban would pave the way for Warner to return.

Australia captain Pat Cummins recently joined the push for Warner’s return when he said he disagreed with lifetime bans, saying “people are allowed to learn, improve and grow.”

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Cricket Australia’s board of directors met in Brisbane on Thursday and chief executive Nick Hockley said before he joined there was no official step to end the ban.

“We’re going to have a broad discussion,” Hockley said.

“There has been some media discussion, but in relation to motions or recommendations that are not on the agenda.

“One thing I want to say is that Davey’s leadership in the group – and I’ve had the privilege of being in Pakistan and Sri Lanka – is just outstanding.

“He’s a tremendous asset to the game. We are delighted to support him in his broader leadership journey and the contribution he has made on recent tours has been outstanding.”

Hockley, in Brisbane for the reopening of Allan Border Field after a $19 million renovation, said CA will keep open the possibility that Big Bash teams could be privately owned, but there was no immediate pressure to do so to realize.

Several big voices have urged CA to privatize competition to try to keep up with competing higher-spending leagues.

“We will continue to monitor private investment, but making this summer as big as possible is not our main priority.

“We have a fantastic schedule and next summer we’ll be in prime time every night during the holidays.

“It’s something we’ll be keeping an eye on, but we’re in no rush to explore. Our priority is to make sure this season is as big as possible.”

Hockley would not become involved in speculation about the future of Channel 7, who are suing to end the last two years of their six-year contract.

“I can’t really comment on that because it’s going through a legal process, but what I want to say is that we have a phenomenal program.

“We are committed to fulfilling all of our obligations with the agreement.”

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Nate Jones

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