As reports emerge that Australian batsman David Warner may leave the domestic Big Bash League (BBL) this season to head for more lucrative tournaments such as the T20 competition in the United Arab Emirates, legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist has warned Cricket Australia (CA) to he was aware of that. before other players decide to follow.
A report in The Australian suggests the 35-year-old Warner wants to skip the Big Bash League this season and has applied for permission to play in the inaugural season of the UAE T20 League, whose dates are likely to clash with the BBL early next year.
Three IPL franchises - Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals - have made huge investments in the UAE T20 competition and Warner's announced decision "is a blow to Cricket Australia's plans to use its Test star for BBL -12", Sen said. com.au on Wednesday.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has said he is concerned that the IPL is monopolizing global T20 competitions.
“I think it would almost be commercial suicide for them (Cricket Australia) to allow a player like him (Warner) to go head-to-head up against their own competition," Gilchrist told SEN’s Whateley on Wednesday.
“They can’t force David Warner to play in the BBL, I understand that, but to let him then go off — or another player, let’s not single out Warner because there will be other players on the radar — it’s all part of this global dominance that these IPL franchises are starting to create given they own a number of teams in the Caribbean Premier League.
“They own all six teams I believe in the new South African tournament that’s coming up, which will be locking horns for commercial space and airtime with the Big Bash (League)," added Gilchrist. “It’s getting a little bit dangerous the grip that it’s having to monopolise that ownership and the ownership of the players and their talents and where they can and can’t play.
“David Warner, again, using him as an example, we can’t question his commitment to Australian cricket over the years, he’s carved out one of the great careers. If he rides off into the sunset and says, ‘Sorry Australian cricket, I’m going to become a gun for hire for my Indian franchise team in various tournaments’ you can’t question him on that, that’s his prerogative and he’s done everything he needs to get the profile and get that market value."
One of the main reasons why Warner was reportedly kicked out of the BBL was because Cricket Australia did not lift a management ban imposed on him since the "sandpaper scandal" during the 2018 Test series in South Africa. Many current and former greats, including Allan Border and Greg Chappell among others, have called for the ban to be lifted so that Warner can lead a BBL side.
Gilchrist also fears that the younger bunch may follow in Warner's footsteps and leave the Australian system to venture into various new leagues around the world.
“It’s the new younger player coming in that starts to make those noises where it’ll be really challenging. Perhaps it’s the first example where David Warner doesn’t sign a contract with Cricket Australia at all, he just plays for a match fee.
“He goes and plays whatever he wants but says, ‘I’m available for every Test match, for every one-day international and every T20 international’ by way of example, I’ll be there for you in national colours. But other than that, I’m going to play my club, my franchise cricket, wherever I want to, knowing that none of those big tournaments will be clashing with international cricket," added Gilchrist.