IPL franchises were treated with a soothing piece of news when several Australian cricketers, including Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter- Nile confirmed their availability for the second leg of IPL. However, there were concerns about the participation of David Warner. The southpaw was dropped from the playing XI and stripped of his leadership duties before the tournament was postponed in May.
Also, Warner had decided to opt out of the West Indies and Bangladesh tours thus many assumed that he will skip the second leg of IPL as well. The southpaw, however, has hinted that he will be available for the remaining 31 games of the T20 extravaganza. Warner took to Instagram and posted a cryptic tweet which read, “I’ll be back….” It remains to be seen if the southpaw confirms his availability officially or this post has already indicated the same.
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The agreement of Australian players meant that the showpiece event will be in its full bloom when it resumes in UAE. Earlier, England and New Zealand Boards also allowed their players to go and play in the IPL. Cricket Australia, meanwhile, left the decision of participating in the league on the players.
While Warner did score few runs – 193 to be exact, his strike rate, which was a mere 110.28, got him under the scanner of the fans. If given a chance, Warner will look to make a strong comeback into the team.
The second leg of IPL will get underway on September 19, with Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians clashing in the mouth-watering encounter in Dubai. Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi will play hosts for the remaining 31 games of the season. The tournament will serve as an apt preparation for the T20 World Cup.