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Star Australia National Cricket Team opening batsman David Warner is about to sign a lucrative deal with the Big Bash (BBL) franchise Sydney Thunder, as per a report in The Sydney Morning Herald.

There is enormous pressure on Cricket Australia (CA) to retain its marquee players for the Big Bash League following the inception of two new T20 leagues – UAE’s ILT20 and CSA T20 League.

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Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) has decided to offer a huge sum of money to the star opening batsman David Warner. Warner is set to earn a whopping $340,000 for five games before leaving for international duty.

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David Warner. Credits: ICC

Cricket Australia (CA) has already announced the complete schedule of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23, which will be the 12th edition of Australia’s T20 competition. The tournament is set to commence on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, with Sydney Thunder taking on the Melbourne Stars at the Manuka Oval, and the final of the T20 league will take place on February 4, 2022.

In the Big Bash League (BBL) 2022-23 a total of 56 games will be played in the league stage and the games will be played across 17 venues.

Meanwhile, UAE’s International League T20 (ILT20), which will be a 6-team tournament, is all set to be played from January 6, 2023, to February 12, 2023, and it will be a 34-match event as each team will be playing the others twice in the league, followed by four playoff matches.

The dates of the UAE’s ILT20 will clash with the inaugural edition of the CSA T20 League, the Big Bash League (BBL) and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

At the moment, he has decided not to commit – Steve Smith’s manager Warren Craig

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Steve Smith. (Photo: Twitter)

Talking about Australia National Cricket Team Test vice-captain Steve Smith, he has rejected the offer of the Sydney Sixers as he wants to give priority to international cricket.

“At the moment, he has decided not to commit. There is a lot of cricket coming up,” Smith’s manager Warren Craig told the Herald and The Age on Thursday.

Also, due to the hectic international schedule, the star Australia pacers –  Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins – have decided to skip the tournament.

Meanwhile, the introduction of the player draft by Cricket Australia (CA) has prevented independent signings by the franchises. Over 80 overseas players have already registered for the auction of the T20 league. However, still, the cricket board fears a certain lack of star power.

The leading run-getter of the BBL, Chris Lynn, who was released by Brisbane Heat, has already signed up a contract with the Gulf Giants, the team owned by Adani Sportsline. in UAE’s International League T20.

Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn. Image-Twitter

The 32-year-old, who is not a centrally contracted player, has not yet availed a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket Australia. Some positive discussions over the erratic situation have already taken place, with the prospect of Lynn playing in both tournaments in different spells not being overruled and the opener could earn up to $840,000 if he gets the opportunity to play in both the BBL and the ILT20.

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