Will David Warner play BBL 2020-21: The Australian opener opened up on his BBL prospects and the three new rule changes.
Australia opening batsman David Warner has opined that the existing rules in the Big Bash League need not to be tinkered with despite the need to allure new fans towards the sport.
It is worth mentioning that the upcoming 10th season of the BBL will have as many as three fascinating rule changes namely X-factor Player, ‘Power Surge’ and ‘Bash Boost’. Since their announcement, the rules have received mixed response from the cricketing fraternity.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Warner highlighted how the presence of top Australian players will have it in it to make matters easier for Cricket Australia especially when it comes to attracting new people. Since the Australian international summer season clashes with the BBL, it becomes impossible for all contracted players to play for their respective clubs on a regular basis.
“I think the most important thing is if you can get the Australian players and the best international players coming out to play in that, that would probably fix that sort of issue with what they’re trying to tinker with the rules,” Warner was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“The rules that have come out, I understand the reasoning why they’re bringing it out. Do we need to tinker with it? Personally I don’t think we do, I think it’s just about getting the right people to come out and play, the right access to players to play, the Australian contracted players.
“Going back to those rules, they’ve been put in place for a reason to create a bit more engagement. When you lose three wickets in Powerplays, which happened quite significantly the last couple of years, the game’s pretty much dead, especially when you’re chasing 200. So if you can sort of have that extra Powerplay at the end, that sub, vice versa, it can make a difference – we’ll have to wait and see. But first and foremost, I think it’s getting the best players to play, and at this present time in the scheduling, it’s very difficult to do that,” Warner said.
Will David Warner play BBL 2020-21?
Not many would believe but Warner has only played three BBL matches across three seasons and that his last appearance in Australia’s premier T20 competition had come way back in 2013. Since becoming a regular for Australia across formats, Warner never returned to the Big Bash League due to understandable reasons.
Warner, a quintessential T20 batsman who has adjusted exceedingly well to other formats as well, won’t be playing BBL 2020-21 either. Furthermore, the 34-year old player has revealed that he might not play the competition in the future – at least for the time when he’s an active international cricketer.
“It’s difficult for us players to play all three forms, even if there is a window, you’ve got to have that break, because you’re going full tilt into summer as well, there’s no off-season for us.
“Personally, I’ve got three kids at home and a wife that I owe my time to as well. So, playing all three forms that’s very difficult to be able to do that, and I don’t think I’ll play while I’m playing for Australia still – that’s honestly speaking,” Warner added.