August 8, 2022
David Warner unlikely to play first ILT20


David Warner is unlikely to play in the UAE’s inaugural International League T20 (ILT20) in January, and is set to remain in Australia with talks to play in the Big Bash League (BBL) for the first time since 2013 .
Warner, who is contracted to Cricket Australia but does not have a BBL deal, is set to be available to play franchise cricket after the cancellation of the three-match ODI series with South Africa in January 2023 and his significant interest to play. Was. In UAE, notably their IPL franchise Delhi Capitals also have a Dubai Capitals franchise.

But ESPNcricinfo understands that a potential deal to sign Warner for the ILT20 is almost certainly closed and Warner’s manager James Erskine has confirmed this Sydney Morning Herald They were in talks with CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to get Warner to play in the BBL.

CA has found itself in a bind over the prospect of Australian contracted players, who have not been contracted to the BBL, potentially being offered US$450,000 to play in the United Arab Emirates.

The final Test of the three-match series between Australia and South Africa will conclude in Sydney on January 8, 2023, with Australia’s next international commitment not due until mid-February when they tour India for a four-Test series. This means that other Test players including Warner, Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will be available to play franchise cricket during that period. CA expected everyone to play in the BBL, which runs from December 13 to February 4, while the ILT 20 is scheduled to run from January 6 to February 12.

CA-contracted players are not obligated to play in the BBL under their contracts and Warner and Starc have not played since 2013 and 2014 respectively, while Smith, Cummins and Hazlewood also do not have BBL contracts. Starc has already confirmed that he will not make himself available to rest, while Warner has so far been publicly linked to the UAE, although Cummins and Hazlewood have been sought after being admitted to the IPL in recent years. and they will be very attracted. Of interest.
Australia’s high-profile T20 players like Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa, Aaron Finch and Tim David have BBL deals. The major restriction for players’ potential earnings in the BBL is the $AUD1.9 million (approximately US$1.32 million) salary cap for Australian players with top contracts in the BBL, which is approximately AUD190,000 ($US132). ,000 approx.) There are significant marketing bonuses available on top of that, but the amount a player can earn in the BBL is still less than the top contract in the UAE for a smaller tournament.
Players are uneasy about the BBL’s decision to offer AUD340,000 (approximately US$236,000) to the top overseas players nominated in the draft. A significant portion of that contract will be topped up by CA outside the club’s salary range. What’s further disillusioned is the fact that only of those overseas players are likely to be available for the December portion of the BBL and then travel to the United Arab Emirates for almost double the money to play a full ILT20 in January.

It is stipulated in CA, Australian domestic and BBL contracts that players require “written approval” in the form of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in foreign leagues, but it is understood that under Australian common trade. Logic can be restrained. The law requires a player to go down that path. That contract clause has barred players from making any decisive moves in the UAE this year, but ILT20 has given Warner the ability to bargain with CA and order a similarly sized and structured BBL contract that ” Platinum” overseas players will get this season. ,

There is speculation that Chris Lynn will still need an NOC even though he is not signed to a BBL club as the ICC Player-Release Regulation requires players to hold a contract in Australia for two years even after holding a contract. But ESPNcricinfo understands that it cannot be enforced as an unreasonable restriction of trade under Australian law. Shane Watson, the current ACA president, previously played without any NOC in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2019-20, having retired from the BBL earlier this year. However, it is unlikely that Lynn can play in both the BBL and the ILT20.
Ricky Ponting and Usman Khawaja predicted these issues last month, highlighting the potential earnings gap between the BBL and the South Africa and UAE T20 leagues for both Australian and overseas players.
All this is happening as CA and the ACA prepare to start talks in the coming months on a new long-term MoU for players to come into force in 2023. Channel Seven, one of CA’s major broadcast partners, has also filed a federal court. Action against CA for terminating its current deal expiring in 2024 over alleged quality breaches especially with respect to BBL.

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