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David Warner’s life ban for cheating may be OVERTURNED as cricket bosses look to revive Big Bash

Shock as David Warner’s lifetime ban on cheating could be VOID as cricket bosses pull out all the stops to revive struggling Big Bash league

  • David Warner received a lifelong suspension from CA for executive positions in 2018
  • Followed his embarrassing role on the pitch in South Africa’s sandpaper scandal
  • Now Cricket Australia can undo the ban so Warner can be a BBL draw card

Four years ago, David Warner was given a lifelong leadership ban for cheating over South Africa’s sandpaper scandal – but that could be lifted this summer in a bid to lift the high profile interest in the T20 Big Bash League.

Warner, 35, is currently barred from holding any leadership position in Australian cricket after he was believed to be the main architect of the outrageous scenes during a hateful Test match in Cape Town.

The dynamic batsman was the supposed the mastermind behind the plan, in which Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera using sandpaper to illegally alter the ball’s shape and movement while Australia was bowling.

Bancroft was subsequently banned from the sport for nine months, while Warner and then-captain Steve Smith were each banned for 12 months.

Smith was given a two-year ban from playing a leading role, while Warner was given a lifetime ban for his role in the saga.

In 2018, David Warner (pictured) was given a lifelong leadership ban for cheating after South Africa's sandpaper scandal - but that could be lifted this summer to spark more interest in the BBL

In 2018, David Warner (pictured) was given a lifelong leadership ban for cheating after South Africa’s sandpaper scandal – but that could be lifted this summer to spark more interest in the BBL

The match is not expected to feature Aussie Test skipper Pat Cummins (pictured with fiancé Becky Boston) and Mitchell Starc.

The match is not expected to feature Aussie Test skipper Pat Cummins (pictured with fiancé Becky Boston) and Mitchell Starc.

In an astonishing development it has emerged since then Cricket Australia considers lifting Warner’s leadership ban when the board meets next in July.

If Warner gets the go-ahead to take a leadership role in one of the Big Bash franchises, it could revive interest in the competition.

“I know we would love to have Dave in the BBL and if there are other things that need to happen to make that happen, then others need to fix that,” said BBL chief Alistair Dobson. News Corp

“David has been such a champion of Australian cricket and he is a player we would love to have in the BBL. If there’s any way David could make his way onto a BBL list, I think it would be huge.”

Warner has not played in the BBL since its inaugural season in 2011-12.

The news of the possible ban being lifted divided many supporters on social media.

One fan wrote on Facebook: ‘What a shame. Warner must never again be in a leadership position.”

Another said: ‘Australia is such a big country but can’t find any new players or captain? Warner has already disgraced Australia twice and he is almost 36 years old.”

A third cricket fan supported the possible move, declaring: ‘Finally! It will be time! The man has served his sentence!’

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