Allan Border has called for David Warner’s lifetime coaching ban to be lifted, saying ball tampering is widespread in cricket around the world.
Warner continues to face punishment for his role in the sandpaper scandal that rocked Australian cricket during a 2018 tour of South Africa.
While former Test skipper Steve Smith, who was also punished for the incident, had his managerial ban lifted two years after the incident, Warner’s lifetime ban remains intact, despite recent suggestions that CA might consider changing their minds.
Cricketing legend and former Australian captain Border wants Warner’s managerial ban lifted, saying the 35-year-old New South Welshman has ‘paid his penance’ for an action that is common in all forms of cricket .
“It was a severe penalty in the first place…let’s go; they’ve had their day,” Border said.
“I know all the other parties are doing exactly what we were caught doing. (If) all the captains put their hands on their hearts and said “I didn’t do anything like that”, they would be telling “pig pies” (lies).
“The bans these boys got were a bit over the top for the crime, given the knowledge around the cricket fraternity where it is happening.
“They all had to change the way they played cricket.”
Border suggested that “natural” tampering with the ball, as opposed to using bottle caps and sandpaper, was necessary to help bowlers return batsmen on flat pitches.
“The reverse swing is a huge weapon to have at your disposal. On the flattest of wickets, you can always get people out,” he said.
“There’s a line of thought that you’re not allowed to touch the ball, but there’s also the school of thought that you should allow, if you get the ball in your hand…just scratch the ball and working on it for a period of time, and you get the ball in reverse… what’s wrong with that?
“It’s not a bad idea because on flat wickets you need something else the scores are just going to blow up, and that’s what happens now when we start preparing result wickets because it It’s very difficult to get good players out on very flat tracks.”
Border was speaking on Monday at the ground that bears his name as part of the Queensland Cricket Foundation’s Buy A Picket campaign.
Cricket fans can have their names put on a picket line at the revamped Allan Border Field.
Powderfinger lead singer and Australian music icon Bernard Fanning paid $5,000 to have his name on the same peg as Border’s.
“Allan Border remains one of my heroes as a man of great skill, resilience, courage and humility,” Fanning said.