Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA and former minister, Danam Nagender recently issued a warning to Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the 2021 session. Danam threatened to stop IPL matches from being held at the cricket stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad as the Hyderabad team doesn’t have any local players in their team.
“In other IPL teams, every team has players from their respective states. But in Hyderabad, the globally recognised city, which also has several deserving and excellent players, they haven’t taken a single player. There are several discrepancies in the selection process and we condemn it,” added Nagender speaking to the local media.
Danam Nagender then condemned the Australian David Warner as he was involved in match-fixing.
“Hyderabad has got a good name and not taking players from here is condemnable. We feel sad and also condemn Warner being captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad who is involved in match-fixing. If Hyderabad doesn’t have representation (if players from here are not selected) then we will protest against IPL from being conducted in Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,” said Nagender.
Notably, David Warner has led the Hyderabad side to the maiden IPL title in 2016 and has been leading the team since. TRS MLA made this allegation during a TRS membership meeting held at Filmnagar on Saturday.
David Warner was banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his role in the infamous ball-tampering (sandpaper gate) scandal along with then Aussie captain Steve Smith in 2017 but has never faced any charges for match-fixing.