Everything You Need To Know About The Australian Cricket BBL David Warner
The Australian opener has created tensions within the Australia Cricket team's hierarchy by preferring the UAE league over BBL.
It has been a remarkable 12 months for the 35-year-old. After being doubted for his credentials going into last year's World T20, he wasn't just an important player for the Kangaroo's World T20 triumph, but also won the Player of the Tournament award.
Since achieving the highs in the UAE with his international team, it seems like David Warner has made up his mind to make more history in the Middle East.
The left-handed batsman is one of the 15 Australian cricketers who have been offered $500,000 to skip BBL over the UAE league.
Most Australian cricketers do not have the obligation of playing the BBL as per their current contract, with Warner not having participated in a single edition since 2014.
According to the statistics of BBL, their highest payment to date has been D'arcy Short's $258,000. As per the average, the marquee Australian players have been paid significantly less.
David Warner Seeking NOC From Australia Cricket Team
According to Mubashir Usmani, the secretary-general of the Emirates Cricket Board, every franchise has the authority to sign four players of their preference outside the draft or in the auction. It can also be a player who has obtained the NOC from his cricket board.
As per the rules and regulations, Warner has tried to negotiate with Cricket Australia about obtaining a clearance and being eligible to join the UAE league, whose schedule will clash with next season's BBL.
If the left-handed batsman wants to participate in any international tournament like UAE League, he has to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket Australia.
As there is a reported timing clash between both of these leagues, there is a chance that the Australian cricket board will thwart this action not just for Warner, but for all the reported Australian players who are set to join the UAE League.
The 35-year-old has played for Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunders previously.
He has been a regular participant in the IPL, having played for Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. His lone triumph in the IPL came in 2016 with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
According to a report, all of the six clubs have a payroll of approximately $2 million. As the 35-match tournament in the UAE begins in January 2023, it is expected to clash not just with BBL but also with Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Response From Former Australian Cricket Player Adam Gilchrist
The developments surrounding the Australian players and their preference for the UAE League haven't just stunned the Australian Cricket Board but also former Australian cricketers, such as Adam Gilchrist.
Even though it is expected that Cricket Australia will not give Warner the NOC and tell him to play in his home tournament, the former Australian wicketkeeper suggests that these developments are dangerous for the future of the game.
Gilchrist believes that the board cannot force Warner to make his decision. He also has concerns about the growing monopoly of the IPL franchises.
The former Australian opener suggests that the recent acquisitions made by the IPL franchises would mean that teams would have ownership of their players. In other words, they will decide where or whether their players will play.
Reaction From The Australia Cricket Team
As the IPL owners are investing in the UAE and CSA T20 leagues, it is made-or-break time for BBL and Cricket Australia. They have to revamp their payment structure to keep the best players and the businesses interested in their module.
The situation surrounding Warner is alarming in many ways for Cricket Australia. If the left-handed batsman tends to ignore BBL and become a permanent member of his Indian franchise team across multiple tournaments, you cannot question his opinion.
With what he has achieved throughout his career, he deserves to get that profile and the market value. The problems will start when the new generation of players make the same voices. This is where it can become difficult for BBL to attract players.
However, it looks like the board is reacting to these rumors and set to offer an improved payday ahead of this year's BBL. The international superstars, such as Warner, can return to this year's competition after South Africa pulled out of the three-match ODI series against Australia at the start of next year.
Even though the board is hoping that their international players will be available for this year's competition, it has become increasingly difficult for them to hold onto their talent.
According to a Fox Sports report, the UAE T20 is set to offer approximately $700,000 to the top players in its first season.
On the other hand, a few other news reports have claimed that Cricket Australia will make a bigger offer to Warner.
Having asked for permission to play in the UAE T20 League, the left-handed batsman is expected to be offered a deal by the Australian board that could rise to $500,000.
Apart from Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell are the Aussie players that could also be handed improved deals to stay in their home tournament.
James Erskine, Warner's agent, has said that he is working with his client regarding his future. Without giving any indications, Erskine has said that the best thing for Warner is to play the remaining years of his professional career on his terms.
Warner's agent also revealed that he is not eligible to play in the UAE League right now as it would go against the current contract he has signed with Cricket Australia.
The 35-year-old has played 91 international matches for Australia, scoring 2,684 runs at an average of 33.55.
Having won the World T20 last year and having a good chance of defending it this year in his home country, you could understand why Cricket Australia would want to see Warner in the BBL for the first time since 2014.
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