A report in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday morning said that 35-year-old Warner would be offered a lucrative contract by Cricket Australia (CA), as was the case given to stars like Australian legends, the late Shane Warne, Mike Hussey and others. Shane Watson and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, in the early years of the BBL.
Quoting sources, the report said that the package could cost at least AUD340,000, with “the same offer for the best overseas players in the Big Bash Draft”, scheduled for later this month. A portion of Warner’s salary will be paid by the BBL “and will go into their salary cap”, while most will be covered by CA.
Warner will replace former Sydney Thunder captain Usman Khawaja, who has moved to Brisbane Heat due to family reasons. The report said that with the one-day international series against South Africa in January being cancelled, Warner could earn a minimum of AUD70,000 per match for the five matches he played for Thunder.
A major cause of contention for domestic players is foreign players being offered larger sums than they are in the BBL Player Draft, and Warner’s deal, which is comparable with draft money being given to key foreign players, “Will” be the key driver for a significant increase in Big Bash salary cap to AUD1.9 million per club when the next MoU between players and CA is negotiated, the report said.
Sources said that this season overseas players can earn more than double what the current BBL legends earn.
“The BBL salary cap and the calibration between the BBL and broader cricket is something we will review,” said CA chief executive Nick Hockley. “It is timely that we review this as part of the next MoU and those discussions are currently underway.”
An earlier report in SMH said that over 15 Australian contracted players, including Warner, were being offered AUD700,000 to play in the new UAE T20 league in January 2023 whose dates clash with those of the BBL.
The report states that contracted players are not allowed to play in foreign tournaments during the BBL without permission.
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