Sydney - Disgraced former Australian vice-captain David
Warner will start his road to redemption by playing club cricket with Sydney's
Randwick Petersham, officials said.
The opener is serving a year-long ban from state and
international cricket for his part in a plan to use sandpaper to tamper with
the ball during the third Test in South Africa in March.
But he is free to play at club level and is set to make a
return to the field in September.
Randwick Petersham club president Mike Whitney, a former
Test fast bowler, said Warner will play in at least three of the first four
matches of the season.
"We're delighted to have him. He's one of the best
players Australia has had since World War II," he told the local Southern
Courier newspaper on Wednesday.
"He's been speaking to one of our club officials and he
has committed to the first three or four rounds of the season. Why it is only
three or four rounds at this stage I don't know."
Warner has also been linked with playing in the Northern
Territory's limited-overs Strike League.
Whitney, who played 12 Tests for Australia, said he emailed
Warner shortly after he was banned in April to tell him the door was open.
"Everyone is excited to have him. He will be great in
the changing rooms with younger players," Whitney said.
Warner has been on the books at Randwick Petersham since
2013-14, but has rarely played due to state, international and Indian Premier
He was identified as the mastermind behind the plan to
tamper with the ball.
While former skipper Steve Smith was charged with knowledge
of the plot, Warner was charged with developing it and instructing Cameron
Bancroft to carry it out.
Earlier this week, Bancroft was cleared to play club cricket
in Western Australia while serving his suspension. Smith's plans are not yet
New national coach Justin Langer has indicated he will
welcome all three back into the team once their bans are served, if their form