On March 31, David Warner walked into a press conference room in Sydney with his wife and read the statement regarding the ball-tampering saga which rocked the cricket world.
Warner, the former vice-captain of the Australian team, broke down as he said sorry for actions he clearly regretted.
The opening batsman went on stating that chances of him representing his nation again are bleak. He was handed a year-long ban with another sanction being never to be considered for the captaincy role of the international team. Though Warner made it clear that he regretted on what has happened but dodged questions regarding the extent of his and others’ involvement in the sandpaper gate.
Warner’s action to leave the questions unanswered did not settle down well with fans and others alike. He was grilled on social media as plenty of people did not buy his act in the press conference. With Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft, the other axed players, took the same route or approach but somehow Warner’s apology was not well received by fans.
Coming to his support was his Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) teammate Rashid Khan. The teen sensation from Afghanistan slammed fans on the social media and asked to stand by the “champ”. The leg-spinner has played under Warner for the SRH in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
This picture broke my heart ,how can the cricket fans be so harsh. everyone make a mistake and best among them are those who accept their mistakes and apologize, So stand with the champ and support him when he really needs our support and love @davidwarner31 @CandyFalzon pic.twitter.com/AhuALO3lYD
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) 30 March 2018
“This picture broke my heart, how can the cricket fans be so harsh. Everyone makes a mistake and best among them are those who accept their mistakes and apologize, So stand with the champ and support him when he really needs our support and love @davidwarner31 @CandyFalzon,” Rashid wrote on his Twitter handle.
Warner, who was named by Cricket Australia as part of the “leadership group” involved in the ball-tampering row, was released by SRH after BCCI barred the Australian player from playing in the upcoming edition of the IPL. Warner was supposed to lead the SRH, however, with him being sacked Kane Williamson was appointed as the new skipper of the team. The ‘Orange Army’ also announced Alex Hales as his replacement in the IPL 2018.
Candice stands by her man
His wife Candice said she blamed herself for his part in the ball-tampering scandal. She added that the taunts they faced in South Africa took a huge toll.
Warner was banned for one year from domestic and international cricket over the plot to change the condition of the ball on the third day of the third Test against South Africa i Cape Town.
In a tearful press conference in Sydney Saturday, the 31-year-old spoke of his fear that he would never get to represent Australia again as his wife watched on.
“I feel like it’s all my fault and it’s killing me — it’s absolutely killing me,” Candice Warner told Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph.
The Test series was already fractious before the ball-tampering affair, with a row between David Warner and Quinton de Kock during the first Test which the Australian said was sparked when the South African insulted his wife.
Two senior Cricket South Africa officials were also photographed with three spectators wearing All Black rugby player Sonny Bill Williams face masks during the second Test in reference to a reported intimate encounter Candice Warner had with him in 2007 before she met Warner.
Candice Warner said she was not making excuses for her husband’s behaviour over the scandal but added that he was “protecting me as much as he could and protecting the girls (their children)”.
“But Dave would come home from the game and see me in tears in the bedroom, and the girls just looking at their mum, it’s been heartbreaking,” she said.
“When we were in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Dave would come home and, yes, I always put on a strong front and I turn out to the games.
“But seeing them wearing the masks, to have people staring and pointing and laughing at me, to have the signs, to have, you know, the songs made up about me, I would have to sit there and cop that.”
Candice Warner also called for sympathy and patience from Australian fans, saying the batsman was struggling to cope with the fallout.
Warner evaded questions during the press conference about whether the ball-tampering plan was his idea, whether it was the first time, who else was aware of it and whether he had been made a scapegoat.
He has appeared isolated after being charged by Cricket Australia with developing the plot and telling Cameron Bancroft — who was suspended for nine months — to carry it out.
“I’m sure there were things he wanted to say but he just couldn’t get it out. He is hurting. He is seriously, seriously struggling and he’s not in a great headspace,” she said.
With inputs from Times Now and AFP
News credit : Indiatimes