Cricket Australia (CA) seems to pave the way for David Warner to be eligible to lead the country at any level once again. Notably, he was among three cricketers having their involvement in the Sandpaper gate scandal in 2018 alongside Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft.
While he was banned for a year from playing any form of cricket, CA also imposed a lifetime captaincy ban on him. Warner, the vice-captain back then, has not occupied any leadership opportunity since the incident. However, Smith, whose two-year ban from captaincy was lifted, once led Australia in the red-ball format in Pat Cummins' absence.
On Monday, CA revealed a new code of conduct, which might result in easing things for Warner, eventually making him eligible to lead his BBL franchise later this year. Also, since the uncertainties of Aaron Finch's T20I career revolve, he might be the possible contestant to fulfill the space.
As per CA's new code of conduct,
“Under the changes, players and support staff can now apply to have long-term sanctions modified. Any applications will be considered by a three-person Review Panel, comprising independent Code of Conduct Commissioners, which must be satisfied that exceptional circumstances exist to justify modifying a sanction.”
The statements further read,
“These circumstances and considerations will include whether the subject of the sanction has demonstrated genuine remorse; the subject’s conduct and behavior since the imposition of the sanction; whether rehabilitation programs have been completed undertaken (if applicable) and the length of time that has passed since the sanction was imposed and whether sufficient time has passed to allow for reform or rehabilitation.”
“The code of conduct states this process: ‘Acknowledges that Players and Player Support Personnel are capable of genuine reform or rehabilitation and is intended to provide the Player or Player Support Personnel with an opportunity to resume their previously held positions or responsibilities in specific circumstances,”