New Delhi, March 29: After initially being sacked as the vice-captain and later banned for one year by Cricket Australia, devastating opener David Warner apologized to his fans and cricket fraternity for the ball-tampering scandal that occurred during the third Test against South Africa. Also Read - IPL 2020: Wriddhiman Saha's Groin Injury Not Serious But SRH to Adopt Cautious Approach

“To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back to Sydney,” Warner said in a post on Instagram. Also Read - IPL 2020: Umpire Anil Chaudhary Helped SRH Not Go For DRS? His Gesture Sparks Controversy

“Mistakes have been made which have damaged cricket. I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. I understand the distress this has caused the sports and it fans. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy. I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days,” the opening batsman added. Also Read - IPL 2020: SRH Star Spinner Rashid Khan Reveals His Biggest Strength

Earlier, Steve Smith who has also been banned by Cricket Australia for one year headed back to his country amidst a flurry of securities.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has barred both Warner and Smith to play in the Indian Premier League 2018. The duo was initially supposed to lead their respective franchises in the lucrative professional Twenty20 tournament.