Candice Warner has hit out over a journalist’s swipe at her cricket star husband’s bid to play in the new UAE T20 league in January rather than the Big Bash.

David Warner has requested permission to skip the BBL for another season to cash in on a contract reportedly worth $2.1m over three years in the UAE.

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This is despite Cricket Australia publicly wanting the biggest homegrown cricket stars to commit to the BBL, which has been starved of international-quality talent the last two summers because of the pandemic

Cricket reporter Daniel Brettig said Warner should retire from international duty if he wants to play in the UAE.

“Pretty simple for Warner. If he genuinely wants to play in new UAE league in peak Aust summer in January then he needs to retire from international cricket. CA would be making an extraordinary and unprecedented concession to give him an NOC unless he does that first,” he wrote on Twitter.

An NoC is a No-Objection Certificate currently required for centrally contracted Australian players to take part in domestic T20 leagues around the world, even if they’re not playing for Australia at the time.

Last year, the likes of Warner, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell were given NoCs to participate in the Indian Premier League, after being rested for the final games of the Pakistan Tour.

Candice fired back, tweeting: “Do you genuinely believe this? You’re having a laugh.”

Brettig replied: “It’s not a case of what I believe. It’s more about how the NOC system works so that international cricket isn’t consumed by privately owned T20 leagues and clubs.”

Aussie legend Adam Gilchrist was also against Warner being allowed to play overseas rather than in the BBL, telling SEN it would be “commercial suicide”.

“They can’t force David Warner to play in the BBL — I understand that,” Gilchrist said. “But to let him then go off, or another player, let’s not just single out Warner, because there will be other players on the radar, it’s all part of this, I guess, global dominance that these IPL franchises are starting to create.”

He also suggested Warner not sign a CA contract at all but rather “plays for a match fee” when representing Australia.

The 35-year-old Warner is one of Australia’s greatest T20 players. He was named player of the tournament at last year’s T20 World Cup campaign, while he has finished as the IPL’s highest run-scorer on three occasions.

Despite his success around the world, Warner has played just three BBL matches, one across each of the competition’s first three seasons, including scoring the competition’s first ever century.

He also captained the Sydney Thunder in his first match before moving to the Sydney Sixers for his next two games.

Warner is still under a leadership ban because of his role in the Cape Town ball tampering scandal.

Speaking on the leadership ban topic earlier this month on Triple M’s Deadset Legends with Dan, Richard and Candice, Candice said David didn’t play in the BBL because he represents Australia in three formats and doesn’t get an off-season to spend with his family.

“David has an incredible T20 record in India, in Australia, he’s one of our best ever,” Candice said.

“Regardless of whether the ban is lifted of not, if he plays Big Bash, it’s a decision we talk about what’s best for the family in this period.

“Also there’s another league going on in the UAE, which financially (has) much bigger money. It’s not just a matter of lifting Dave’s ban, it’s a matter of what’s best for our family. And Dave’s just accepted he has this ban now.”

Mitchell Starc will also skip the BBL once again, saying he wants to be as fit as he can for Australia.

The news will be yet another headache for Cricket Australia after broadcaster Channel 7 launched Federal Court action in a bid to terminate its TV right deal.

According to News Corp, Seven is adamant the cricketers that featured in last summer’s BBL were not of a high enough quality for the competition to meet the standard provisions stipulated in CA’s TV rights contract.

However, the Big Bash has already secured the services of former South African captain Faf du Plessis and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, while Australian stars Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Lyon and Alex Carey have also signed for their respective BBL franchises.

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