BBL 2021-22: Will Warner play BBL ever again?

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David Warner is arguably one of the best cricketers of the modern era. The aggressive left-handed batter was the biggest reason behind Australia’s maiden ICC World T20 triumph in UAE this year. Despite having probably his worst season in the IPL, Warner flourished in the same conditions and kept bowlers at bay in the World Cup campaign.

Recently his wife revealed some news that might not be great for the Australian fans. Candice Warner disclosed that David Warner is unlikely to be a part of the Big Bash League ever again. Warner has played only a handful of matches in the Australian T20 league and had even served a commentary stint previously.

“It is disappointing because at this stage when David decides to retire from Test cricket, he won’t play Big Bash. And that’s really disappointing for the Australian fans and kids and anyone who loves T20 cricket – the fact that David Warner will never play Big Bash again,” said Candice Warner.

Warner and the Big Bash League

His wife added that Warner is more intended to play shorter leagues compared to the BBL. This helps him devote some quality time with his family.

“You also have to consider that there’s so many leagues around the world that are shorter than the Big Bash. The Big Bash is a very long tournament. There are tournaments in Dubai in January that may be a better option with the family. David can still be with us during Christmas and fly to Dubai early January for a shorter period of time,” concluded Candice Warner.

Recently, a lot of controversies erupted after Steve Smith was elevated to the rank of Vice-Captain of the team. Steve Smith and David Warner were involved in the infamous Sandpaper Gate against South Africa.

In response to this, Cricket Australia had banned captain Steve Smith for 2 years from taking any captaincy role and had banned David Warner from taking any leadership duties for his entire career.

If Smith is permitted, why not Warner?

It was in late 2021 when Tim Paine resigned from captaincy owing to the sexting scandal, fast bowler Patt Cummins will be the new leader of the Australian Test team and Smith as his deputy. With the iconic Ashes a few weeks away, veterans and pundits have questioned the Board on why Warner despite being involved in the same scandal as Smith has to face a higher degree of the sentence. Legendary leg spinner Shane Warne has stated,

“With Sandpapergate back in South Africa a few years ago, how can the captain be allowed to take up another leadership role where a player like David Warner, who’s probably got the best cricket brain in the team, isn’t allowed to? If you’re going to ban a player but allow the captain to have another chance, it doesn’t make sense to me.”

Not to forget, with the mega IPL auction coming up soon, David Warner will be one of the most prized players every franchise will look out for.

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