Delhi Daredevils qualification could see Warner battle home state in Champions League Twenty20

January 17th, 2009 - 4:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Jan 17 (ANI): Australias new batting sensation David Warner will play a crucial role in getting NSW qualified for the lucrative Champions League Twenty20, but he may end up battling against his Blues teammates in that tournament.

If NSW win tonights Twenty20 big bash match against Victoria, they could finish in the top two of the competition and qualify for the Champions League where the winners prize is three million dollars, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

However, if Warners Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils also qualify for the Champions League, the newly capped 22-year-old international will be forced to play against his NSW counterparts, together with Glenn McGrath.

The IPL franchises are able to gain preference for players by offering states 250,000 dollars as a trade-off and theres little doubt Warner will be in big demand from Delhi should they reach the Champions League, which will be held in India some time between September 15 and November 15.

But all hinges on the Blues performance tonight, with a loss killing off their Champions League ambitions.

First-placed Victoria are kings of the shortened form of the game, but will be missing key players David Hussey and Cameron White, both on Australian duty, and if NSW win they will host the final next Saturday.

Its another big game for NSW. Obviously, wed love to win the Big Bash and win that trophy and can walk around here pretty happy, Warner said.

Its another opportunity to play more cricket, in the subcontinent, if were fortunate enough to go over there. Many of us guys havent been over there, he added. (ANI)

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