Warner set to miss white-ball matches for ILT20!


As David Warner is playing his test cricket against Pakistan and is missing on Big Bash League (BBL), the team Sydney Thunder is eager to welcome him into the series. The Australian opener has a deal with Dubai Capitals in ILT 2024 but will continue with the BBL.

Raman Khatri Dec. 29, 2023

Following his retirement from Test cricket, David Warner is anticipated to skip the white-ball segment of the West Indies tour of Australia in February. Warner has signed a contract with Dubai Capitals in the ILT20, which takes place from January 20 to February 18. During the same period, Australia is scheduled to play three ODIs and three T20Is against West Indies. After his final Test match against Pakistan, Warner is set to participate in the BBL for Sydney Thunder, although there is uncertainty regarding his availability for the finals if Thunder qualifies. The CEO of the Australian Cricketers' Association stated that he expects Warner to request a No Objection Certificate to compete in the ILT20. "I believe the answer to that is likely yes," said Greenberg, when asked if Warner would miss some domestic cricket. "I know he is fully committed to the BBL. In the next phase of Dave's career, he will undoubtedly seek opportunities that offer the greatest returns on his investment."

In the realm of flexibility, there will come moments when he will opt out of certain games and tours. This is the kind of adaptability we must come to terms with. Not everyone will embrace this notion, but it is the reality of the modern world we inhabit and we must embrace it.

If Warner prioritized a domestic T20 deal over international duty, it would mark a significant event in Australian cricket.

Nevertheless, it has come to light that the selectors had already foreseen the possibility of Warner and other experienced players sitting out the series against West Indies. Their intention is to field a strong team for the T20Is in New Zealand, in order to prepare for the World Cup in June, which will take place in the Caribbean and the USA. It is anticipated that Warner will be a part of this team. The first match of the series is scheduled for February 21 in Wellington.

The management and selectors also recognize the value of the IPL as a crucial component of the T20 World Cup preparation for those players who have secured deals. This now includes Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.

Following Australia's recent victory in India, the notion of continuing to participate in upcoming events has been on Warner's mind. In light of this, he made a decision during the World Cup to forego a Cricket Australia central contract next year in order to have more freedom. Warner explained that the Australian contracting system, which legally binds players who reach certain milestones, can become burdensome, especially at his stage of his career. He expressed concern about the potential financial repercussions of signing a low contract, as it could negatively impact his sponsorships in the long term. As he looks ahead, Warner is considering his options carefully in order to make the best decision for his future.