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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Australia's David Warner joins Bangladesh Premier League side Sylhet Sixers

Question remains whether former vice-captain will sign up for UAE T20x

Former Australia vice-captain David Warner is not wasting his time even as he has been suspended by his national cricket board. EPA
Former Australia vice-captain David Warner is not wasting his time even as he has been suspended by his national cricket board. EPA

Even as cricket fans in the United Arab Emirates wait to see if David Warner joins the UAE T20x, the former Australia vice-captain says he will play in the Bangladesh Premier League next year.

Warner revealed in a Facebook post on Friday he will be joining BPL side Sylhet Sixers for the month-long Twenty20 competition, which gets under way on January 5.

"Iโ€™m very excited to let you know that I'm now a Sixer," he said in the video. "I canโ€™t wait to be a part of the Sylhet Sixers family. See you soon!"

The left-hander is serving a one-year ban from international and first-class competitions for his role in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the cricket world at the beginning of this year. He has been suspended along with former captain Steve Smith and fellow opening batsman Cameron Bancroft.

The trio, however, have been allowed to compete in club and franchise tournaments anywhere in the world.

Warner has already played in four such competitions.

In June-July, he featured in the inaugural Global T20 tournament in Canada. He also travelled to the West Indies to play in the Caribbean Premier League. In between, he appeared in the NT Strike League in Australia. Now, he has returned to the NSW Premier Cricket.

The question is whether Warner will join Smith to play in the inaugural season of the UAE T20x, organised by the Emirates Cricket Board. With the tournament scheduled to be held from December 19-January 11, it may only be possible for him to commit to a part of it.

Warner's international ban is set to conclude at the end of March next year, which would allow him to play in the Indian Premier League before the 50-overs World Cup and Ashes series.

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