Australian cricketer and Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner announced a special gift for the fans of the Indian Premier League franchise he will be leading this season. Warner revealed that for the first home game of Sunrisers Hyderabad they are opening up 25,000 seats across stands for just Rs 500 on first come first serve basis.
Warner was banned after the ball-tampering scandal that hit Cricket Australia in March last year. He and his teammates were found guilty of tampering with ball in a Test match against South Africa and was banned for a year after they accepted their mistake. Their ban will expire on March 28 this year and they are set to return through the Indian Premier League after their national selectors confirmed that they will not play the series against Pakistan.
The dates for 2019 edition of Indian Premier League has been announced by the organisers. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will play Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener on March 23 in Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium.
However, the dates announced are only for first seventeen matches, where each team will play a minimum of 4 matches each while Delhi and Bangalore will play five matches. Every team will play two away and two home matches with Delhi playing three home matches and Bangalore playing three away games.