David Warner, the prolific Australian opener wants to see at least 25 per cent of the crowd inside the stadiums when they host India in a high-profile tour later this year. IPL will not see crowds at least in initial stages.
India will tour Australia in December 2020 for four tests and three ODIs with the tests starting on December 3. The matches will be played in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. The 2nd test will be played under lights.
David Warner. Image Credit: Getty Images.
David Warner Looks For Indian Tour To Australia And Hopes To Get At Least 25% Attendance Like Football Matches
David Warner said he was looking forward to the big-ticket assignment against one of their biggest rivals.
“Well, I am looking forward to the tour which will be a great battle between two very highly competitive teams. And, I hope at least 25 per cent crowds will be allowed as was the case with some football matches. That will be fantastic,” Warner said during a virtual media interaction.
Earlier this week, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said his government is negotiating with Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia to have crowd attendance for the city’s iconic sports events – Boxing Day Test and the Australian Open.
David Warner will lead Sunrisers Hyderabad again and the franchise will include the likes of batsmen Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, all-rounders Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan who will lead the spin attack.
The pace attack consists of Bhuvaneswar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Fabian Allen and Sandeep Sharma. Allrounder Vijay Shankar and Mitchell Marsh and youngsters like Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad and Virat Singh are also present.
David Warner Admits It Is Difficult For Players Who Will Miss Fans And Family But Credits BCCI And UAE For Organizing IPL In Difficult Times
David Warner is currently bracing up to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in the UAE. Talking about the challenges of playing the IPL in a bio-secure bubble and without a crowd, he acknowledged that it is a very different and difficult job.
The ongoing IPL is being played under strict health safety guidelines and protocols, with players and support staff set to be tested every five days throughout the tournament.
“It is difficult for some to be away from their families for such a long time. But, I do believe once the event starts, the players will be more focused on the game. I think the BCCI and the hosts here have done a fantastic job to get the IPL going,” David Warner added.
“All the players have to do is to be smart, look after their mental aspect well by doing small things to be fresh for any challenges,” said Warner, one of the tournament’s leading scorers in recent years.
“You play the game as the rest of things are being taken care off in these testing times during the pandemic. With no crowds at the ground which any team would miss, everyone will stay in a competitive frame of mind once the event gets along,” Warner concluded.
One of the most destructive openers across formats, David Warner captained SRH to their maiden tournament win in 2016. He was the second-highest run-scorer for them in their title-winning effort with a monumental 848 runs at a strike rate of 151.42
. He had a good IPL season in 2017 as well and returned back strong in 2019 scoring 692 runs in 12 matches. He was named as captain for the 2020 edition as well.