Australia’s opening batter David Warner ditched the cash-rich league ILT20 – UAE T20 tournament to play his country’s Big Bash League. The Aussie chose his country’s big Bash League and has signed for the Sydney Thunder in a two-year deal. He also stated how his daughters were a big reason for him to take this decision after a nine-year-long gap.
“My ‘girls’ have told me that they’d love to watch me play at home and in the BBL….It will be great for us to be a part of the BBL as a family, and it is something that I am really looking forward to sharing with them,”- he said
He will be featuring in the franchise after the Test series against South Africa. He would play five games in the Big Bash League that is set to start on December 13. David warner being a part of BBL is a huge asset for tournament. Australia consists of several leagues and a high profile player like him choosing to play in this league acts as a boost.
David Warner is an old player of the Sydney franchise. He has been a part of it previously. The team however has not announced the skipper of the team post Usman Khawaja’s leave for the Brisbane franchise.
Here’s what he has Warner has to say on his comeback to the league
“I care deeply about the game, and I am conscious that the conditions that I enjoy as a professional cricketer have largely come from other senior players who have come before me. That is how the game is structured and I understand that my contribution to the future of the BBL will hopefully benefit the next generation of players long after I am retired.”
It is to be noted that BBL and International careers always coexisted and will continue to coexist and the next few years will actually decide if the BBL can work along with the changing landscape in the world of cricket.
Talk to people at CA and they will say that the BBL and international career has always coexisted and can continue to do so, but the way the game is moving they are increasingly becoming an outlier in that regard. The next couple of years will show whether it can work in the rapidly changing landscape.