According to reports, David Warner is about to sign with the Sydney Thunder to officially confirm his long-awaited return to the Big Bash League.
According to The Age, the in-demand Australian opener might sign with the western Sydney club as soon as this Saturday, which would be his first participation in the domestic league since 2013.
Warner’s contract is expected to be worth at least $340,000, the same amount being paid to the top international players in the competition’s first round. The left-hander will take the position of Usman Khawaja who joined the Brisbane Heat. Warner was up until now was rumoured to be in talks to play in the UAE’s first ILT20.
David Warner Playing In The Big Bash League Is A Major Boost For The Tournament
Warner was presented with the opportunity to rejoin the BBL after South Africa withdrew from an ODI series which was to take place in January.
Warner was one of several Australian contractual players who received offers of up to $650,000 to participate in the UAE start-up, according to The Age.
But in Warner’s instance, that result has been avoided, which is a huge win for the Big Bash.
After Australia’s three-Test tour against South Africa concludes in Sydney in early January, Warner will be available for five BBL games.
High-profile T20 players from Australia with BBL contracts include Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa, Aaron Finch, and Tim David.
Earlier, Warner’s manager James Erskine revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that they were in talks with CA and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) to have Warner play in the BBL.
The likes of Steve Smith, Pat Cummings might also play in the BBL even though they do not have contracts as of yet.
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