Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA and former minister, Danam Nagender recently issued an absurd match-fixing claim on SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper and Australian batsman David Warner.
Nagender also alleged irregularities in the selection process and said many deserving players from Hyderabad have not been provided with the opportunity to play in IPL.
The 62-year-old the franchise to either pick players from the city or drop ‘Hyderabad’ from their team’s name. He also threatened the franchise that he and his supporters will protest against IPL matches being played in Hyderabad if local talent from the city does not get a chance in the side.
“We will protest against IPL from being conducted in Hyderabad if players from here are not selected. In Hyderabad city, there are many deserving players, in previous selections many irregularities took place and we are condemning it,” Nagender told reporters days after the conclusion of the IPL 2021 player auction.
“There are players from here who played for Ranji trophy, under 19. There are many deserving players who can play for IPL from here, but only Mohammed Siraj has so far made it,” he added.
Nagender also said that he condemns David Warner leading the side in IPL. Notably, Warner had led RH to their maiden IPL title triumph in 2016 and has been the first-choice skipper since then.
“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,” he stated.
“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,” Nagender concluded.
Warner, who was banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018, has never faced any charges for match-fixing.
The 34-year-old, Warner, after missing IPL 2018, made a strong comeback in IPL 2019 and was the leading run-getter for the side with 692 runs at an average of 57.6.