Sylhet Sixers signed David Warner for the upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). After making his debut in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) earlier this year, Warner is all set for a maiden stint in Bangladesh’s domestic Twenty20 League too. The franchise also signed the 18-year old leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane along with Warner.
With the inclusion of Australia’s David Warner and Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane in their squad, the Sylhet Sixers has used its quota of signing two direct foreign players’ slots for a franchise in BPL 2018-19.
The dashing Australian was banned for a 12-month period after his role in ball-tampering surfaced. Warner, along with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, was suspended by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering saga that took place in Newlands Test (against South Africa), earlier this year.
Currently, into the seventh month of his ban, David Warner has participated in T20 leagues across the globe. The flamboyant opener marked his return to cricket when he played for Winnipeg Hawks in the Global T20 Canada tournament in June and July this year. He underperformed and was able to score only 109 runs in eight innings that he played, at a strike-rate of 114.73.
Warner, then made his maiden appearance in the CPL 2018-19, earlier this year. However, he could not hit form there too. In 9 innings that he played in the Caribbean Premier League, Warner was able to score only 220 runs.
However, Warner’s return to Grade A cricket in Sydney (Australia) was a moment of joy for the disgraced cricketer. The left-handed batsman hit a 98-ball century against an attack that was led by Josh Hazlewood.
After a year of ups and downs, it will be intriguing to see how David Warner performs in his maiden stint at Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2018-19. The T20 league in Bangladesh is scheduled to begin from January 5, 2019. However, the draft/auction process will take place on October 28, this year.