Australia’s opener David Warner is likely to opt-out of the Big Bash League (BBL 2022-23) to serve the Indian Premier League-sponsored UAE’s International League T20 (ILT20). In the inaugural edition of the UAE-based tournament, three IPL franchises have made hefty investments.
Warner’s affiliation with IPL is very well-known. He has been under heavy criticism since the news of ditching the country’s own BBL revolves for the sake of IPL-sponsored UAE’s International League T20.
It indeed is a shocking piece of news for Australian cricket fans. The developments although have not been confirmed; but this is what the fans might hear in the coming days.
It must be noted the 12th edition of the BBL is set to start in December 2022, whereas the inaugural version of ILT20 is set to begin on January 6th, to last till the 12th, under the hosting of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). It will be a six-team tournament, and each team has acquired financial support from numerous IPL teams.
According to reports, each of the six-team will rope in four players from their parent IPL franchise, and Sun Risers Hyderabad’s Warner will be one of them, featuring for the SRH-sponsored ILT20 team yet to be revealed.
The 35-year-old is currently in negotiations to join the league, which might create further controversies. To play in any league, a player needs a No-Objection Certificate from the board.
David Warner is in negotiations with Cricket Australia regarding the permission to skip #BBL: Reports
— CricWick (@CricWick) July 27, 2022
Hence, Warner is looking for the NOC from Cricket Australia (CA), and allowing him might be a preventative decision for the CA. Also, the board might think of the decision concerning contractual agreements with the BCCI.