David Warner grabs two-year BBL deal with Sydney Thunder

Australia's David Warner's participation in the country's Big Bash League (BBL 2022-23) is now confirmed since he has grabbed a two-year deal with Sydney Thunder. There were uncertainties about whether he would play UAE's ILT20 or the BBL 12.

It was heard that Warner was forced by his IPL franchise Delhi Capital to take part in ILT20 since DC own a team in the newly-launched UAE's T20 league, named Dubai Capitals. Linking to the context, multiple IPL franchises have bought teams in ILT20. Consequently, they will at least rope in four of their non-Indian players in their specific teams. 

Cricket Australia (CA) has played every move to retain its player, not letting him go for the money-rich ILT20. The newly-launched league is the second cash-rich league after the IPL and is offering hefty pay to its players. To not let go of Warner, CA has negotiated with the ILT20, offering a huge sum to the opener for BBL.

David last played a BBL match in 2013. His keen interest in playing the inaugural edition of ILT20 was not hidden since he was available to feature in it in January 2023. It must be noted the schedule of two leagues clashes, since BBL 12 begins in December whereas, the ILT20 in January 2023.

As quoted by him according to ESPN Cricinfo,

“I care deeply about the game, and I am conscious that the conditions that I enjoy as a professional cricketer have largely come from other senior players who have come before me. That is how the game is structured and I understand that my contribution to the future of the BBL will hopefully benefit the next generation of players long after I am retired,”

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