Cricket-No Warner: Australian Chris Lynn will play T20 cricket in the United Arab Emirates instead of his home Big Bash League (BBL) early next year, but David Warner is one of the marquee players announced for the new International League T20 (ILT20). I was not included.
Media reports had strongly linked Warner with a place in the ILT20, which clashes with the Cricket Australia-owned BBL but is partly bankrolled by the owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise and pays better.
In the event, Lynn was the only Australian in the 21 marquee player list late on Monday from the ILT20, in which up to 12 of each team’s 18 squad members can be from outside the country.
Batsman Lynn, once one of the BBL’s biggest stars but recently dropped by Brisbane Heat for the next edition, has been given permission by Cricket Australia in the form of a “no-objection certificate” to play in the UAE. will be required.
The proliferation of T20 leagues around the world, not least the new South African league backed by IPL Cash, which will also be played in January, has set the stage for a fierce battle to get the best players on board.
Other marquee players announced by the ILT 20 include England internationals Moeen Ali, David Malan, and Chris Jordan, as well as West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and Afghan bowler Mujeebur Rahman.
India’s governing body BCCI prohibits its players from participating in T20 leagues outside the IPL, while Bangladesh hosts its own tournament in the New Year and internationals in Pakistan during that period. There are matches.
The ILT20 said it would announce more international players later in the week.
“The quality of the names announced today is outstanding and so is the interest in our league from top players from around the world,” Emirates Cricket’s Mubasher Usmani said in a news release.
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, who according to local media reports turned down an offer to play in the league, last month reiterated his view that the BBL needed to be privatized to compete in the newly crowded T20 market.