MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: David Warner of Australia hits a boundary during the One Day International match between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia is sensationally considering reviewing the lifetime leadership ban imposed on David Warner for his role in the ball-tampering scandal of 2018.

A sensational u-turn might be on the cards following renewed calls from the Australian Cricketers Association to overturn the ban.

Following the infamous 'Sandpapergate' scandal in South Africa, Warner was given a life ban from any leadership roles in the Australian cricket team. Yet the reports that surfaced on Thursday suggested a potential stunning change in stance from Cricket Australia.

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According to The Daily Telegraph, leading cricket writer Ben Horne has reported that Cricket Australia is considering overturning the ban, claiming the CA board are likely to review the ban at the next directors meeting in July.

The report was given more validity when News Corp published a brief release along the same lines.

"The Australian Cricketers Association led by Todd Greenberg and Shane Watson have been vocal for some time in calling on CA administrators to overturn the Warner lifetime ban which threatens to hurt the game much more than Warner himself.

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"News Corp understands the ACA board will themselves discuss Warner's leadership ban at its next directors meeting in mid-July."

Adding further intrigue to the news is that Yahoo! Sport reports that the decision is aimed at getting Warner to play in the Big Bash again. The competition has seen declining interest in recent years as fans tire of the endless seasons and lack of marquee talent.

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That much was confirmed by BBL chief Alistar Dobson to News Corp, with the head honcho saying they would "love to have Dave in the BBL".

“I know we’d love to have Dave in the BBL and if there are other things that need to happen to make that possible, that’s for others to resolve. David has been such a champion of Australian cricket and he’s a player that we’d love to have in the BBL.

“We know he’s got great history with the Sydney Thunder and we’d love all the Australian players to be playing in the BBL if they’re available. If there’s a way that David could find his way onto a BBL list I think it would be huge.”

Warner has been absent from the Big Bash for almost a decade, with wife Candice having gone on record to say that he would never play in the competition again unless it was in a leadership role.

“It is disappointing because at this stage, when David decides to retire from Test cricket, he won’t play Big Bash," she said last year.

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“And that’s really disappointing for the Australian fans and kids and anyone who loves T20 cricket - the fact that David Warner will never play Big Bash again.

“You also have to consider that there’s so many leagues around the world that are shorter than the Big Bash.

“The Big Bash is a very long tournament. There are tournaments in Dubai in January that may be a better option with the family. David can still be with us [at] Christmas and fly to Dubai early January for a shorter period of time.

“So that is also an option as well and in a few years time, who knows what other tournaments will be going on around the world.”

Should CA overturn the decision, it is sure to divide fans in the cricket community, with the directors meeting in July now shaping as crucial.