Big Bash League (BBL) franchise, Sydney Thunder has roped in David Warner for the upcoming season. The Australian cricketer has signed a two-year deal with the team and will also end a nine-year hiatus in the league.
Following the conclusion of the Sydney Test match against South Africa, Warner will be representing Thunders in the BBL. He will play five league games for the franchise before departing for India for a four-Test series.
It is worth mentioning that David Warner last played in BBL in the year 2013. Earlier, it was reported that the Australian would play for the ILT20, however, the Australian has now agreed to participate in BBL over the UAE T20 tournament. He credited his daughters for his decision to stay put in Australia and return to his old club.
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“My ‘girls’ have told me that they’d love to watch me play at home and in the BBL,” Warner was quoted as saying on cricket.com.au. “It will be great for us to be a part of the BBL as a family, and it is something that I am really looking forward to sharing with them.
“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.”
Notably, the likes of Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne have also signed contracts with Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat respectively. However, fast bowlers, namely Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, will miss the tournament to manage their workload.