Melbourne: Denied a central contract by Cricket Australia (CA), David Warner has emerged as the most sought after player for the newly-expanded Twenty20 Big Bash.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Sydney Thunder are in hot pursuit of the opener from New South Wales.
With each Big Bash team having a $1 million salary cap for 18 players, Warner can expect to earn a tidy six-figure sum, although it is likely to be half the excessive $250,000 demanded by West Indian Chris Gayle. Warner was bought by Delhi Daredevils for $700,000 earlier this year.
"I'm going to play it by ear. I'll get a feel of where other players are going," Warner was quoted as saying by the daily.
Warner said like IPL, Big Bash will also be a huge tournament for young talents.
"From there obviously it set my career up. It gives you an opportunity to expose yourself in the same way this Big Bash competition will do to the younger guys coming through."
Warner said he never set out to be an entertainer. "It's just the way I play," he said. "I wanted to hit the ball harder and further."