David Warner open for 'honest conversation' with CA to overturn captaincy ban

Australian opener David Warner has said that he is open to having an ""honest"" conversation with Cricket Australia.

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Australian opener David Warner has said that he is open to having an "honest" conversation with Cricket Australia over his lifetime ban from holding any captaincy role overturned. This comes after the southpaw signed a two-year deal with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL).

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"That hasn't really been brought to the table. As I've said plenty of times off the record, it's upon the board to reach out to me and open their doors. Then I can sit down and have an honest conversation with them."

Warner was quoted saying by ESPNCricinfo

The leadership ban on Warner was imposed due to his involvement in the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town, South Africa in 2018. Warner was handed the heaviest punishment among others, with Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith also facing charges.

However, many have argued that Warner must be allowed to have a leadership role in the BBL. Maybe if not for the national team. Meanwhile, several former and current players, including Test skipper Pat Cummins, have called for Warner's life ban to end.

The 35-year-old Warner will feature in the Big Bash League for the first time since 2013. He signed a two-year deal with the Sydney Thunder.

The captaincy spot is open at Sydney Thunder after their former skipper Usman Khawaja moved to Brisbane Heat. However, Warner said he can be a leader without having the title.

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"I've got the experience, I'm a leader on the side anyway without having a title," Warner said.

"That's what I'm about, giving back, so if they (younger players) can pick my brains in any way, my phone is always there, they have my number, and they can see me when I'm at the practice facilities," he added.

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