Warner withdraws his name from ‘The Hundred’
Australia batsman David Warner has withdrawn his name from the inaugural season of the Hundred, a franchise-based tournament which is set to be hosted by England for the first time this year.
England were all set to start their new franchise-based tournament called ‘The Hundred’ with matches of 100 balls per innings format in July this year. But clouds looming over the tournament now after the threatening coronavirus starting to spread massively all over the world.
Cricketing activities all over the world has been postponed due to the virus and there is a high opportunity that the England Cricket Board (ECB) will postpone this tournament as well.
Meanwhile, Australia opener David Warner has already withdrawn his name from the tournament. He was picked by the Southampton-based Southern Brave for the maximum fee of €125,000 for the inaugural season.
While many thought the left-handed batsman took the decision due to the coronavirus outbreak, Warner’s manager James Erskine has informed that this is not the case. He has withdrawn his name in order to be available for an ODI series for Australia. The five-time world champions are scheduled to play an ODI series against Zimbabwe at home in August.
The tournament is scheduled to go on between July 17 and August 15. Warner’s availability in the Hundred would affect his training for the ODI series against Zimbabwe. The series is likely to be held in the North Queensland and Northern Territory in August.
Along with Warner, other Australian players are likely to miss the tournament as well. Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dan Christian, Adam Zampa and D’Arcy Short are the other Australian players, who have been picked by franchises for the tournament.
However, the 33-year old recently informed that he will take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if the tournament starts after April 15 despite the coronavirus outbreak.