Australia’s suspended opener David Warner has addressed the media following the ball-tampering scandal in Newlands Test against South Africa. He is sorry for his role which he played. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আবেগঘন বক্তব্যে ওয়ার্নারের দুঃখপ্রকাশ]
Cricket Australia’s investigations showed that it was Warner’s plan to tamper the ball. After investigations, Warner and captain Steve Smith were handed 12-month ban while Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.
Smith and Bancroft addressed the media on Thursday after reaching Australia. Warner spoke to the media on Saturday morning.
Here’s what Warner said:
“First of all I’d like to thank you all for coming this morning. To the fans and the lovers of the game who have supported and inspired me on my journey as a cricketer, I want to sincerely apologise for betraying your trust in me. I have let you down badly. I hope in time I can find a way to repay you for all you’ve given me and possibly earn your respect again.
To my teammates and support staff, I apologise for my actions and I take full responsibility for my part in what happened on day three of the Newlands Test. To Cricket Australia, I apologise for my actions and the effect it has had on our game under your care and control. I want you to know that I fully support your review into the culture of the Australian cricket team. To South African players, administration and fans, I apologise unreservedly for my part in this and I am sorry. I brought the game into disrepute on your soil. South Africa is a fine cricketing nation and deserves better from its guests and deserves better from me.
To all Australians, whether you’re a cricket fan or not, I apologise for my actions. I’m sorry for the impact those actions have had on our country’s reputation. I can honestly say I have only ever wanted to bring glory to my country by playing cricket. In striving to do so, I have made a decision which has had an opposite effect and it’s one that I’ll regret for as long as I’ll live. I do realise that I’m responsible for my own actions and the consequences that that brings. It’s heartbreaking to know that I won’t be taking to the field with my teammates that I love and have let down. Right now it is hard to know what comes next but first and foremost, is the wellbeing of my family.
Watch the video of Warner’s press conference here-
In the back of my mind, I suppose there is a tiny ray of hope that I may one day be given the privilege of playing for my country again but I’m resigned to the fact that that may never happen again. In the coming weeks and months, I’m going to look at how this has happened and who I am as a man. I will seek out advice and expertise to help me make serious changes. I want to apologise to my family. To my wife and daughters. Your love means more than anything to me, I know I would not be anything without you. I’m very sorry for putting you through this and I promise I’ll never put you through this again.
Before I take questions, I want to again say thankyou, I take full responsibility for my part in what happened and I am deeply sorry for the consequences of what I was involved in. I failed in my responsibilities as vice-captain of the Australian cricket team.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com