Cricket Australia (CA) is reportedly said to make a tidy sum of money to star Australian batter David Warner to secure his services for the next edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). The move is intended to forestall the potential court action by Channel Seven.
Channel Seven, the free-to-air television broadcaster, has filed proceedings against CA in the Federal Court of Australia to terminate their A$82 million-a-year broadcasting agreement.
Cricket Australia in a dire need of David Warner to boost their BBL ratings
Last month Seven West Media, which owns Channel Seven, took CA to court, arguing that the governing body breached its contract relating to the quality and standards of the BBL.
It is understood that Warner’s presence in Australia’s premier T20 franchise competition might help CA to mend their relations with Seven and also increase the television ratings of BBL.
According to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald, CA is set to make an offer from $340,000 and could rise beyond $500,000.
We’re working with Cricket Australia to achieve the best outcome: David Warner’s manager
It has been reported that the former Australia T20I skipper is considering joining the inaugural edition of UAE’s International League T20. According to News Corp, Warner is presently negotiating to join the T20 league, in which all six teams will have financial support from different IPL franchise owners.
James Erskine, manager of David Warner, declined to run into further details regarding his client’s plans.
“We’re working with Cricket Australia to achieve the best outcome for everyone. My advice to David regarding his international career is to go out on his own terms,” Erskine told The Herald and The Age.
Due to his international commitments in a tight scheduled calendar year, Warner has played just three BBL matches with his last appearance was made in 2014.
Warner played for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2022 last season. He was the player of the tournament in Australia’s title triumph in the T20 World Cup in UAE last year.