David Warner wrote a note to his 1.6 million followers on Instagram and Twitter respectively © AFP
David Warner wrote a note to his 1.6 million followers on Instagram and Twitter respectively © AFP

David Warner on Thursday, apologised to fans and said he took responsibility for his part in a ball-tampering scandal that has shocked the cricketing world. Warner broke his silence with a post on Twitter and Instagram.

He wrote: “To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back 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 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 advisers. You will hear from me in few days.”

The ball-tampering incident during the third Test between Australia and South Africa at Cape Town will go down as one of the most shameful chapters in cricketing annals. From the public to the Australian Prime Minister, the outrage to “cheating” has been dominating newsfeeds since Saturday.

David Warner not a bad guy: Kane Williamson
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Steven Smith, the captain; Warner, his deputy and chief instigator and Cameron Bancroft, who was caught tampering the ball with a sandpaper received sanctions from Cricket Australia. Smith and Warner have received one-year bans from international and state-level cricket, while Bancroft was banned for nine months.

Smith is not permitted to lead a side for next two years, whereas, CA has made it clear that Warner won’t be considered for national captaincy ever. Both the players have also lost out on their IPL contracts.

The fallout from the crisis has seen Warner being dumped by sponsors ASICS and LG.