Press "Enter" to skip to content

Dropped David Warner faces uncertain wait before returning home from IPL

David Warner was “shocked and disappointed” to lose both the captaincy and his place in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s XI in the Indian Premier League, where he faces an uncertain wait to return home.

Last-placed Hyderabad, whose brains trust is headed by Australians Tom Moody and Trevor Bayliss, recently installed Kane Williamson as skipper in an attempt to reboot their season.

Sunrisers, who won their first IPL title under Warner’s captaincy in 2016, doubled down on the snub by dropping Warner for Sunday’s match against Rajasthan.

Favouring Afghan allrounder Mohammad Nabi ahead of Warner, whose IPL contract is worth approximately $2.3m, resulted in another loss while raising eyebrows around the world.

New Zealand great Dan Vettori termed it staggering, while fellow ESPNcricinfo pundit Dale Steyn opined that Warner may have played his last game for the franchise.

Head coach Bayliss has already hinted Warner will not be rushed back, flagging a desire to “give some of the guy opportunities and not just disregarding them after one or two games”.

“He was charging around as 12th man, doing as much as he could for the team,” Bayliss said. “He’s been good, talking with Kane and some of the other players.”

Moody admitted Warner was “shocked and disappointed”.

“We’d be disappointed if he wasn’t feeling that way,” Hyderabad’s director of cricket said. “But he has come to terms with the logic.

“It means firstly that he’s not going to be playing, purely a decision based on combination.

“We’ve come to a conclusion that the two overseas batters, an all-rounder and Rashid Khan is the best combination. We’ve looked at it closely.”

It could be a long month for the opening batsman, who is among the Australians waiting for an update from their federal government as to whether a ban on incoming travellers from India could be extended beyond 15 May.

The restriction was introduced because of India’s deadly second wave of Covid-19.

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson last week fled the IPL and returned home, via Qatar, but any Australian attempting that journey now risks jail time and fines. The IPL runs until 31 May.

The group of almost 40 Australians involved in the IPL are now confronted with the prospect of being forced to have a two-week stopover in another nation before flying home.

Some are hopeful that commercial flights will be allowed to resume by the end of the month, while talks between Cricket Australia and the players’ union regarding a potential charter flight are ongoing. Any charter flight would need to be approved by the federal government.

Complicating matters is Australia’s limited-overs tour of the West Indies in June, with Warner, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and other stars facing a tight turnaround if there are any delays in their homecoming.

CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association have partnered with Unicef Australia for a fundraising drive in response to India’s health crisis. CA is making an initial donation of $50,000, the same amount that vice-captain Cummins donated last week.

“It has been distressing and saddening to learn of the suffering of so many of our Indian sisters and brothers,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said.

Unicef Australia’s “India Covid-19 Crisis Appeal” is procuring and installing oxygen equipment in hospitals to treat seriously ill patients, providing testing equipment and “supporting acceleration of the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out”, the charity said.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore are set to auction a one-off team kit to raise funds. “What’s happening in our country with the spread of the Covid virus is deeply concerning,” Kohli said.

A massive surge in Covid-19 cases has placed a huge strain on India’s health system, with a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies, and morgues and crematoriums swamped.

India reported 392,488 new cases of Covid on Sunday, pushing the total cases to 19.56 million. Deaths jumped by a record 3,689, taking the overall toll to 215,542.

Amid the crisis, the Indian Premier League cricket tournament has ploughed on despite fierce criticism on social media. The Indian cricket board has said the IPL will continue as scheduled with the final in Ahmedabad on 30 May.

This post was originally published on this site

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *