Speaking at a promotion event for Kayo Sports on Monday, which was not organized by CA, Warner expressed his disappointment.
“I am not guilty,” Warner said. “You should have a right of appeal at some stage. I understand that they have imposed a ban but to ban someone for life, I think it is a bit harsh.
“Where it’s been frustrating is, it’s taken so long to get there. I think it was brought up in February of this year. That’s why it’s taken out. It’s for me and my family and everybody involved. It’s painful. We don’t need to go back into that detail. We don’t need to relive what happened.”
“It’s disappointing because we could have done it about nine months ago when it first came up,” Warner said. “It’s unfortunate that obviously Finchery retired and then fast-tracked it in his own way. But it’s a little disappointing that when you make a decision in 2018, it’s in four days, And then it takes nine months.
“So that’s the hardest thing. It actually makes me look like I’m running an election campaign, which I’m not at all. So from my perspective, that’s where it’s been frustrating.
“But it’s good to get to the position we are in today. And it gives me an opportunity to give a voice to the integrity unit to say something to them and make my case for, I think, 100 hours. [of community service] I did in 2018 for what happened. Basically, all these good behavior things that I’ve done, I think I have to carry forward so I’m happy to do that.”
Under the new code of conduct, Warner will have to formally apply to modify his ban, which CA outlined in a statement.
“Any application will be considered by a three-person review panel, made up of independent Code of Conduct Commissioners, who must be satisfied that there is no reason to justify amending the approval,” the statement said. Minor circumstances exist.”
“These circumstances and considerations shall include whether the subject of the sanction has demonstrated genuine remorse; the conduct and behavior of the subject since the imposition of the sanction; whether rehabilitation programs have been completed (if applicable); (i.e.) and the length of time that has elapsed since the ban was imposed and whether sufficient time has elapsed for reform or rehabilitation.
“Where it’s been frustrating is, it’s taken so long to get there. I think it was brought up in February of this year. That’s why it’s taken out. It’s for me and my family and everybody involved. It’s painful. We don’t need to go back into that detail, we don’t need to relive what happened.”
“The Code of Conduct describes the process: ‘Recognizes that the player and player support personnel are capable of genuine reformation or rehabilitation and aims to restore the player or player support personnel to their former positions or responsibilities under certain circumstances. To provide an opportunity to restart the streaks.’
“A petition hearing is not an appeal, or review of the original grant.”
Warner, 36, is looking to return to a leadership role after captaining the IPL since being banned from CA and the current Australian selection panel is eager to resolve Warner’s situation as it considers its leadership options. Want to expand, especially in limited overs. Cricket
Warner has indicated that he is keen to play international cricket until the 2024 T20 World Cup, a tournament in which Australia will need a new T20I captain.
But barring Hazlewood, none of the other three are guaranteed to play in the 2024 T20 World Cup. Warner could come into the frame as the T20I leader if his ban ends as Australia will not play T20I cricket until August next year.
Warner does not know when he will get the chance to formally apply to the three-man review panel given his heavy playing schedule over the next few months, with Australia playing five Tests between November 30 and January 8.
Warner is then set to play for the Sydney Thunder in the BBL under coach Trevor Bayless. The duo worked together as captain-coach for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Warner said he would be keen to captain the Thunder if he wanted to and if the life ban was amended in time.
“I’m happy to put my hand up if they want me to,” Warner said. “I have worked with TB. [Bayliss] First I know quite a few players and they know my understanding of the game and what I can bring to the table. But if the decision was up to them, and they asked me to do it, I’d like to move it forward as quickly as possible.”
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo.