David Warner pulls out of The Hundred
David Warner, the Australian batsman, has withdrawn himself from the inaugural season of ‘The Hundred’. Warner was one of several big-name cricketers who were drafted into the tournament and he was due to feature for Southampton based Southern Brave, who snapped him up for GBP 125,000 – the highest paid category amongst men. The 33-year old left-hander will be replaced by fellow Australian, Marcus Stoinis, who emerged as the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded Big Bash League.
Warner’s manager, James Erskine, confirmed the development and has cited ‘family time’ and a home series against the visiting Zimbabweans as reasons for the withdrawal. “I was excited to participate in The Hundred’s inaugural season with Southern Brave, though with the latest updates to the Cricket Australia schedule in the middle part of 2020, and due to the exceptionally busy cricketing program over the last 12 months, I have decided to put my family first and spend this time of the year with them,” Warner said.
Australia are due to host Zimbabwe for a short white-ball series, the schedule of which is yet to be confirmed by Cricket Australia (CA). However, it is speculated that part of the series would overlap with ‘The Hundred’ leading to Warner’s decision.
It is also understood that the left-handed batsman is expected to honour his commitment to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who elevated him to captaincy role, ahead of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which has now been deferred from March 29 to April 15, in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. This comes amidst reports that Cricket Australia is working on the possibility of asking some of its star cricketers (Warner included) to give up on their lucrative IPL contracts. However, leading to Australian government’s latest decision to close its borders, it remains to be seen if Warner would be able to participate in the IPL – that is, if it goes ahead as per current plans.