Australia batsman David Warner has become the first big-name overseas player to withdraw from The Hundred competition.
Warner was due to play for Southern Brave in the inaugural running of The Hundred, having been signed by Sri Lankan coach Mahela Jayawardene for £125,000.
But Australian outlet WAToday report that Warner has opted to pull out of the month-long tournament to make himself available for the one-day series against Zimbabwe.
Warner’s decision, therefore, is said to be unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak which has gripped world sport as well as society as a whole.
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The Hundred is due to take place from July 17 to August 15 but delays are likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Warner is set to feature in the 2020 Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad but the tournament has been postponed from March 29 to April 15.
Australia opener Warner was the second highest run-scorer at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, having contributed 647 runs – and three centuries – in ten innings.
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