The Sydney Thunder are set to join the push for David Warner's leadership ban to be overturned, with a view to him captaining the team in the second half of the BBL season.
Warner was handed a permanent ban from any captaincy role in Australian cricket after the 2018 Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, however, with a completely new board and the power of time, Warner's name has been floated as a potential option to take over from Aaron Finch as captain of Australia's ODI team in recent weeks.
While Warner will have to battle the likes of Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey for the right to captain that team, his experience leading teams overseas and as a former vice-captain of the national team make him an ideal applicant to lead the Thunder.
According to CODE Sports, the club are unlikely to appoint Warner as full-time captain if the ban is reversed, however, would call on him during the second half of the season with a leadership vacuum created at the club by the departure of Usman Khawaja.
Warner almost missed the Big Bash League entirely this summer until Cricket Australia came to the party with a financial sweetener to see his contract across the line with the club.
The publication are now reporting that the Thunder will join Warner in pushing for his leadership ban to be overturned, with reports circulating that Cricket Australia will hold high level talks on the issue in the coming weeks.
Warner has confirmed that he wants to discuss the ban with the board and possibly have it overturned.
A statement from the board said they welcome Warner's push.
“The ban on David being appointed to a leadership position in Australian cricket remains in place,” CA said.
“David has shown strong leadership both on and off field in recent seasons and his decision to play in the BBL for the next two years reflects his ongoing commitment to cricket in Australia.
The CA Board welcomes David’s wish to discuss his leadership status with directors and this will be arranged at a convenient time for both parties.”