David Warner remains tightlipped on Sandpapergate; even ignores opportunity to make $1mn through book deal
Bancroft had told in his interview that Warner had instigated the plot.
Updated - Jan 3, 2019 8:29 pm
He was blamed by his team-mate Cameron Bancroft in a recent interview as the youngster said it was the former Australian vice-captain who had plotted the infamous Sandpapergate that had rocked Australian cricket last March and saw as many as three players getting banned but David Warner has chosen to remain silent even after his former teammates opened their mouths on the incident.
Warner has an opportunity to earn as much as $1 million from an exclusive book deal to lift the curtains from over the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa but he has chosen to keep mum. And we believe, it is helping his image. The 32-year-old dashing opener has been requested by various media outlets to speak on the issue after former captain Steve Smith besides Bancroft broke their silence through interviews to Fox Sports on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test besides book publishers.
He has remained unmoved, making quarters believe that the cricketer will only open up about the earth-shattering plot when his career gets over, said a report in Australia’s WAtoday.
Warner told to let his bat do all the talking
Leading sports manager James Erskine is carefully working on recovering Warner’s public persona which was dented by the events in Newlands at the request of the cricketer’s wife Candice and the man, who has worked with some world famous sporting personalities, is “crafting his image and brand beyond that,” said the report. He even had told Warner before the interviews of Bancroft and Smith were aired to let his bat do the talking.
Warner is known to be working on building bridges with his former teammates and eyeing a return to the national side. The hard-hitting batsman who has over 12,000 runs in international cricket earlier this week left for Bangladesh where he will play in the country’s T20 league.
Bancroft had told in his interview that Warner had instigated the plot and as a youngster, he carried out the instructions to “fit in” into the team.