Swashbuckling opener David Warner has decided to pull out of the inaugural edition of The Hundred. Australian batsman was one of the biggest names included in the draft for the competition. He was bought for GBP 125,000 by Southampton based Southern Brave. He is one of the most paid players in the competition.
The 33-year old will be replaced by all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who finished as the leading run-scorer in the competition. Left-hander wanted to spend time more time at home with his family. James Erskine, manager for David Warner, confirmed the news that the left-hander will not take part in the inaugural edition of the league.
Due to grueling cricketing schedule for the next 12 months, David Warner has decided to put all his energies to play international cricket for Australia across all three formats. He will also be a part of the Australian side that will host Zimbabwe for a short series in July. The series is yet to finalized by Cricket Australia after cricketing events have been stopped due to coronavirus outbreak across the globe.
Due to his international commitments, Warner felt that the most appropriate decision was to pull out of the inaugural edition of “The Hundred”. Left-hander was named captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the coming IPL season, which was scheduled to be played in March. Due to the league being deferred due to coronavirus pandemic, the final decision will be played on April 15 whether the competition will be staged or not.
Cricket Australia is making concerted efforts to make sure that star players give up their lucrative Indian Premier League contracts. However, it seems Warner will not take part in the Indian Premier League due to Australian government to close its borders.
The chances of IPL being suspended have increased after Indian government imposed a 21-day lockdown across the country.