After abandoning his appeal for a review of his leadership suspension, David Warner has gained the backing of his teammates and several past players. On Wednesday, veteran hitter Warner released a long statement about the reconsideration of his leadership suspension.

Warner criticized the review procedure and said that he was not ready for his family to go through any more suffering. Ian Chappell, a former captain of Australia, said that Warner’s decision “revealed Cricket Australia’s inclinations for back-side protection.”

Even if the review process was successful, Warner may not have reasonably expected to be the team captain for Australia, according to Chappell, but he would have wanted to be the captain of a Big Bash League club. “I believe Warner had dreamed that one day he could be able to captain Sydney Thunder, his BBL side. It’s unfortunate because he would have been the best cricket mentor for future players. Not to worry CA, he’ll still be a leader and respected by any player looking to advance, Chappell said in his ESPNCricinfo blog.

Warner should be commended for exposing CA’s propensity for back-side protection, as should young players. They must remember it in the future. Warner’s withdrawal of his review, however, most crucially demonstrates how abominable the initial choice to impose a lifelong leadership ban on him was, he argued.

A life ban on Warner, who was suspended together with Smith for a year from all cricket owing to the pair’s participation in the 2018 ball-tampering incident, is ‘fundamentally wrong,’ according to Steve Smith. Following the affair, Smith and Warner lost their roles as the team’s captain and vice-captain, respectively. After Australia defeated the West Indies by 419 runs in the second Test, Smith told reporters, “I think barring for life from leadership is simply fundamentally wrong. “Like me, David served his sentence. For us, he is a group leader, and both on and off the field, he is doing a fantastic job, Smith said.