Legendary Ian Chappell believes that there is no point in lifting the life captaincy ban on David Warner as he feels age is not in the fast left-arm batsman’s favour. The 71-year-old Chappell believes that Warner would have been a better leader if given the responsibility at a younger age. Chappell told the channel, “If Cricket Australia lifts the ban on Warner, what is he going to do? I mean, you are not going to appoint Warner as the captain of any Australian team, are you? He Too old.” Nines Wide World of Sports.
“And he is not being given that role because the captain needs to be young enough to be able to lead by example, and those days are gone for David.” The former Australia captain feels that Warner wanted his captaincy ban to be lifted as he wanted to lead his BBL team Sydney Thunder.
Chappell said, “I think David probably wanted leadership for his BBL team (Sydney Thunder) so that he could help them.”
“He (Warner) would have been a very good leader for them, he thinks about the game very aggressively. Whatever leadership position he has, he would have been good at it.”
Warner was given a captaincy ban for life for his role in the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, also known as ‘Sandpapergate’.
Chappell also hit out at Cricket Australia for the way it handled the issue, accusing the board of “protecting its own back”.
“They (CA) look after themselves, they don’t look after the player. This (the Warner saga) is another example of Cricket Australia not being very good, it’s been handled badly,” he said.
“I have to say that Cricket Australia will never do anything in the interest of the players or player, they will only do anything to protect their backs.”
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
featured video of the day
Change must come from the grassroots: Former Indian athlete
Topics covered in this article