'I am not prepared for my family to be the washing machine for cricket's dirty laundry'
Warner withdraws appeal against leadership ban
David Warner, the Australian opener, has opted not to challenge Cricket Australia's life-time ban from leadership position on him, stating that he was not willing to subject his family and his teammates to 'further trauma and disruption.'
Warner, who was banned from his leadership position - then as Australia's vice captain following the ball tampering incident in the Cape Town Test in 2018, announced on Tuesday that he will be retracting his appeal to end the ban. He expressed his disappointment over the manner in which the enquiry was being conducted to prove his position as a corrected cricketer.
"In his submissions, Counselling Assisting made offensive comments about me that absolutely no substantive purpose under the Code of Conduct," Warner wrote. "Regrettably, the Review Panel acted contrary to the submissions of Cricket Australia and my lawyer and appeared to adopt virtually the entire position of Counsel Assisting.
"In effect, Counsel Assisting, and, it appears, to some extent the Review Panel, want to conduct a public trial of me and what occurred during the Third Test at Newlands," Warner wrote. "They want to conduct a public spectacle to, in the Panel's words, have a "cleansing". I am not prepared for my family to be the washing machine for cricket's dirty laundry.
"Counsel Assisting the Review Panel appeared to be determined to revisit the events of March 2018 and the Review Panel appears determined to expose me and my family to further humiliation and harm by conducting a media circus.
"Regrettably, I have no practical alternative at this point in time but to withdraw my application. I am not prepared to subject my family or my teammates to further trauma and disruption by accepting a departure from the way in which my application should be dealt with pursuant to the Code of Conduct.
"Some things are more important than cricket."