David Warner and former Australian batsman Michael Slater were reportedly involved in a brawl in a bar in the Maldives, where they are supposed to be quarantined with the rest of the Australian contingent before flying back Down Under.
Both Warner and Slater were a part of the recently postponed Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) season. While Warner was sacked as captain of SunRisers Hyderabad, Slater was a part of the commentary team.
The reports of physical exchange between the duo in the Maldives was first reported by the Daily Telegraph as cited by foxsports.com.au. Slater, however, is reported to have sent a text to senior journalist Phil Rothfield quashing the rumour.
“There is absolutely nothing to the rumour mill Buzz. Davie and I are great mates and absolutely zero chance of (having) a fight,” foxsports.com.au quoted Michael Slater as saying in a text message.
Warner too denied the rumour, saying: “There has been no drama. I don’t know where you get these things from. Unless you were here and have got concrete evidence you can’t write anything. Nothing happened,”
The contingent will remain in the Maldives until the conclusion of the travel pause pertaining to flights from India to Australia. As previously stated, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association are not seeking an exemption from the government.