'Officials had ordered ball tempering', revealed David Warner's manager
James Erskine, David Warner's manager, claimed in an interview that during a Test match in 2016, two Cricket Australia officials openly asked players to tamper with the ball. After his claim, there has been an earthquake in the cricket world.
Australia's star opener David Warner is withdrawing his application for a review of the lifetime ban on his captaincy. At the same time, he has fiercely criticized the Independent Review Panel and his Assistant Council. David Warner has issued a long statement on social media and made many allegations against the board. Meanwhile, David Warner's manager James Erskine made a big disclosure in an interview.
James Erskine claimed during an interview that during a Test match in 2016, two Cricket Australia officials openly asked players to tamper with the ball. After his claim, there has been an earthquake in the cricket world. Although Warner has not said anything about it till now. Erskine said that if the truth comes out, the names of many big players will come to the fore when everyone will say why David Warner was implicated in this way.
Erskine said that some cricketers want to talk about it openly but are not coming forward. But one day the truth will come out. He told that in the year 2016 against South Africa, the Australian team was all out for 85 and lost the match by an innings margin. During this match, two officials of the Australian Cricket Board came to the dressing room and advised the team to reverse swing the ball by tempering the ball, so that they could win the match.
Erskine told that Warner's family has been very upset due to this ball-tempering controversy. He revealed that David Warner's wife Candice had also lost a child during that period, which was a big blow to the family. Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has also supported Warner.
The World Cup-winning captain has accused Cricket Australia of adopting double standards. He said that Warner is being made a scapegoat. Clarke said, 'Warner has been banned from the captaincy due to the ball tempering controversy. At the same time, Steve Smith, the second convict, in this case, is captaining the day-night Test against the West Indies.
Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast, 'He is disappointed and sad. He will be even more unhappy with the fact that Steve Smith is being given the chance of Test captaincy. He said, 'I can understand his disappointment. He was stripped of the captaincy. The attitude of the board has also been volatile. It is unbelievable that there are some rules for one and some other for another. If the board felt that all those involved in that matter in South Africa would be kept out of the captaincy, then it would be fair.