Warner to play if IPL goes ahead
Australia batsman David Warner will play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if the cash-rich tournament goes ahead, according to the superstar opener’s manager.
Warner’s manager James Erskine on Wednesday (March 18) revealed that his client was intending to play.
“If the IPL is on David Warner’s planning on going. If things change dramatically, which can happen in the space of an hour, the answer is you change your mind. It’s no different to everybody else,” said Erskine.
Warner is among the highest paid Australian cricketers in the IPL with a deal worth INR 12.50 crore with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. On the other hand, Pat Cummins is the most expensive foreign buy ever at INR 15.50 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Warner was the leading run-getter in IPL 2019, amassing 692 runs from 11 matches. However, his participation in this season fell to uncertainty a few days ago when news broke out that the Indian authorities denied his visa request, though it could not be ascertained whether it was because of the coronavirus scare or any other technical reason.
Australian players are once again in limbo after the Australian government on Wednesday issued an unprecedented, indefinite level-four travel ban for the entire world.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the suspension of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) till April 15th amid coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 edition was scheduled to be played between March 29th and May 24th.