Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad might receive a severe setback with their skipper and star batsman David Warner unlikely to feature in the forthcoming season. While the speculations have been going around, Warner’s manager has revealed finally whether the Aussie will travel to India to take part in IPL 2020.
The novel coronavirus has halted many global sporting events. On March 11 (Wednesday), the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) a pandemic. In the outbreak of the pandemic, foreign players are not available for IPL 2020 till April 15 due to fresh visa restrictions. This forced the BCCI to postpone the competition until April 15.
Moreover, reports also emerged stating that David Warner’s visa got rejected putting his participation in IPL 2020 in jeopardy. However, Warner’s representative James Erskine cleared the air on his participation in an interview to The Age. He said, the southpaw is planning to participate in the IPL, but it does not assure that he will not change his mind later.
“If the IPL is on David Warner’s planning on going. If things change dramatically, which can happen in the space of an hour, the answer is you change your mind. It’s no different to everybody else,” Erskine told The Age.
Meanwhile, David Warner has been Sunrisers Hyderabad main man with the bat since joining the side in 2014. He made an instant impact in his debut season for the franchise, scoring 528 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 140.80. In the four seasons, he has played since, Warner has tallied 562, 848, 642 and 692 runs – finishing with the Orange Cap in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Moreover, with 4706 from 126 IPL games, David Warner sits fourth in the list of the tournament’s all-time run-getters, behind the Indian trio of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma. It will be a massive setback for the franchise if ultimately he fails to get the visa.