Warner plotting $1m interview for ball tampering ‘revelation’: Report

David Warner during press conference after the ball tampering scandal: Warner plotting $1m interview for ball tampering 'revelation' : Report - InsideSport

The disgraced and tainted Australian cricketer David Warner is reportedly plotting a massive $1 million interview to reveal the secrets and details behind the ball tampering scandal during the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town.

Warner along with captain Steve Smith and rookie batsmen Cameron Bancroft have been involved in the pre-planned ball tampering controversy during the third Test. Bancroft was caught on camera while changing the sphere of the ball to derive undue and unlawful advantage to the Australian bowlers. Warner and skipper Smith since have been established the chief conspirators behind the unsportsmanlike and unlawful act.

Doubts were raised during Warner’s Press conference last week when the ball tampering mastermind tried to evade certain questions and remained tight-lipped most of the time. Warner’s elusive responses have irked many fans.

However, according to a dailymail.co.uk report, journalist David Penberthy has revealed during a radio show in Adelaide that Warner’s cautious behaviour was the result of a PR plan. He further claimed that Warner is planning a ‘tell-all’ interview to help recoup his ₹40 Crore ($6 million) loss, which includes earnings from playing cricket and brand endorsement deals.

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The interview has reportedly been strategized by Warner’s PR manager Roxy Jacenko, who was seen during the press conference comforting his sobbing wife Candice.

Warner, who was handed a 1-year ban, has lost lucrative contracts of Indian Premier League, Big Bash League while brands like LG, Asics and Nestle Milo have severed ties with the tainted cricketer fearing negative publicity.

On being secretive during the conference, Warner took to Twitter and stated that he would answer “in time” the questions people may still have. “There is a formal CA process to follow and I am taking advice to make sure I properly comply with that,” Warner tweeted. “I should have mentioned that in my press conference, I’m sorry for not making it clearer.”

‘It’s worth noting that Warner has the high profile Sydney PR woman Roxy Jacenko with him on the day sitting with his wife Candice at the Press conference,’ Penberthy has said.

Warner and Smith were handed 1-year bans, while Bancroft was banned for nine months. Smith was barred from the captaincy role for two years while Warner has been blocked from holding a leadership position ever again.

The trio who brought disrepute to the game came to tender unconditional apologies in media for their wrongdoings and even broke down after revealing how ashamed they were for their actions. Warner even admitted that he might not get to play for his country again.

The Australian Journo has claimed that Warner didn’t answer so many questions as he is saving it for a grand revelation during a ‘tell-all’ interview. Warner is expected to earn close to $1 million for the interview which could be aired on Nine Network or Seven Network.

Warner, who is convicted as the primary instigator of the entire coup, will appeal in front of independent commissioner next week to reduce his punishment. According to some Australian media reports, the ban can be reduced if he proves that more players knew about the cheating or if others players have cheated in the past. Smith and Bancroft have however have agreed to serve their suspension terms. The duo would not go into an appeal against the decision.

The suspicion is mounting on the Cricket Australia after Smith in his conference the day he was caught revealed that ‘the leadership group knew about it.’