A distraught David Warner issued a public apology for his role in the ball-tampering scandal which broke out on Saturday and said that he was resigned to the fact that he would not be able to play for his country again after serving 12-month bans.
Warner, 31 spoke in a press conference, “I can honestly say I have always wanted to bring glory for my nation through playing cricket.”
In an emotional press conference, the former vice-captain struggled to hold back his tears while reading the statement in which he called his actions ‘inexcusable’.
“There’s a tiny ray of hope that I may again get the privilege to represent my country again, but I am resigned to the fact that may happen again,” Warner asserted.
Cricket Australia identified the Aussie batsman as the chief plotter of the ball-tampering incident in Capetown after the investigation.
“David Warner would not be considered for team leadership position in the future,” CA said in its statement.
Popular brands like LG and ASICS have dumped the cricketer and he has also lost his IPL contract in the aftermath of the incident.
Popular commentator Harsha Bhogle has raised the question speculating if there is more to the story that has been disclosed so far.
His past record of being the enfant terrible has worsened the situation for Warner. During the Durban Test this month, a CCTV showed clips of an altercation between Warner and South African batsman Quinton de Kock. He has been embroiled in similar controversies earlier as well.
While the earlier press conferences of Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and Darren Lehman managed to evoke the emotions of the Australian public, Warner’s press conference has received the backlash of the Australian media.
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He is being accused of simply reading the staged script, stonewalling the questions and not responding to the questions.
However, Warner has posted a series of tweets where he has said that needed to follow CA’s procedure.
Eminent cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Shane Warne have appealed the public not to go too harsh on them and give them some space.