David Warner will make his first appearance in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) later this year, after being signed by the St Lucia Stars. The franchise announced that he will come in as a replacement for Australia’s D’Arcy Short, who they said is unavailable for the tournament because he is touring India as part of an Australia A squad in August and September.
Warner is currently into the third month of a one-year ban handed to him by Cricket Australia for his part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal but has started to make his way back into competitive cricket. He was not allowed to play the IPL, but has since signed up with Global T20 Canada franchise Winnipeg Hawks for the league that will begin from June 28, and also committed to playing in the NT Strike League in Darwin starting in July, alongside Cameron Bancroft who is also serving a CA ban for the same issue.
Speaking about the signing, Stars’ general manager, Mohammad Khan said: “We are excited to bring David to the St Lucia Stars. David is arguably one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era and a winning player. He is going to add a lot of value on the field and in the dressing room as we pursue our first title.”
Warner’s experience in T20 cricket is second to none as he remains one of the most explosive opening batsmen in the format, having scored 7668 runs, including six tons and 59 fifties. He’s also been a fine leader in the format, having led the Sunrisers Hyderabad to an IPL title in 2016.