David Warner, identified by Cricket Australia as a central figure in the ball-tampering scandal, has issued his first public statement since the events of the Cape Town Test, apologising for “the distress he has caused the sport and its fans”.
“To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way to Sydney. Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused to the sport and its fans. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy. I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisors. You will hear from me in a few days.”
On Thursday, Warner was banned from international and domestic cricket in Australia for 12 months and has also been barred from assuming any kind of leadership position in the future.
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