Sydney: Australian opener David Warner has withdrawn himself from the inaugural season of ‘The Hundred’ due to home series against Zimbabwe and family reasons.
Warner’s manager James Erskine confirmed the news and released a statement of Warner that reads as, “I was excited to participate in The Hundred’s inaugural season with the Southern Braves, though with the latest updates to the Cricket Australia schedule in the middle part of 2020, and due to the exceptionally busy cricketing program over the last 12 months, I have decided to put my family first and spend this time of the year with them.”
The 33-year-old was one of the few big names who were drafted into the tournament and he was due to feature for Southampton based Southern Brave, who picked him up for 125,000 Great-Britain pounds.
He will be replaced by a fellow team-mate, Marcus Stoinis, who was the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded Big Bash League.
It must be noted that The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket tournament in England and Wales run by the ECB. From Pakistan, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi are the only three players who have been selected as the participants of the 100-ball format.