Warner set for BPL debut?
BPL franchise Sylhet Sixers has claimed to rope in banned Australian star David Warner, what could be the Aussie’s first BPL campaign.
Sylhet Sixers posted a video on their official Facebook page stating, “We just signed a new Sixer.” The video included a few shots of Warner which is confirmed that the New South Wales-born batsman has signed for them.
The Facebook status included, “He is a leader. He is a mighty hitter. He is a superstar. Who do you think is going to come as a new Sixer this season?”
Warner is currently on a year-long ban from Cricket Australia due his involvement in ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town Test this year. His captain Steve Smith (one year) and teammate Cameron Bancroft (nine months) were also handed suspensions.
Warner’s ban from international cricket and Australian domestic cricket has opened doors for franchise T20 teams to pick him. He and Smith were boycotted by the IPL this season but they took part in Global T20 Canada (not recognized) and also Caribbean Premier League T20 this year.
The left-handed devastating batsman has played 252 T20 matches around the world and scored 7888 runs in 251 innings at a high strike rate of 142.40. He has six hundreds and 60 half-centuries in this format.
The sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League is set to start in January next year. All the teams have made their playee retentions and are signing players from overseas. The players’ draft will take place on October 28 (Sunday).
Sylhet have picked Liton Das as their icon player. They have signed Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane as well.