The controversy around the participation of the Kangaroo opener, David Warner in the upcoming season of the Big Bash League (BBL) doesn’t seem to end. He is allegedly keen on joining the UAE T20 league. Nonetheless, Cricket Australia is not going to let their marquee player go without a fight. Letting David Warner go will make things even more complicated between the board and the player.
One of the central attractions of the UAE T20 league is the mega-money contracts that they’re offering. Singing a deal for the Emirates league will see David make around INR 3.55 crores from the tournament. Therefore, Cricket Australia is planning to offer David Warner a more lucrative contract that will help him to earn $500,000 (INR 3.90 crores) for playing in BBL 2022-23.
It is to be noted that David was one of the central players of the Big Bash League during its initial editions. However, he has not featured in Australia’s T20 tournament ever since 2014.
It is evident that CA will be leaving no stone unturned in keeping David Warner from joining UAE T20 League. Regardless, if a big-money contract is enough to persuade the southpaw into playing in the BBL remains to be seen.
Money aside, one major reason for the bias of David Warner towards joining the UAE T20 League is the availability of leading a team. The lifetime captaincy ban from CA prohibits the batter from leading in every Australian tournament, including the Big Bash League.
“Whether the (captaincy) ban is lifted or not, if he competes at the Big Bash… It is a decision we discuss what is best for the family at this time. Additionally, there is another league (UAE T20 League) playing in the UAE that is financially far wealthier,” Candice Warner, David’s wife, had quoted about a month ago.