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Warner and Slater deny late night pub brawl in Maldives

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
May 09, 2021 11:10 IST
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IMAGE: SunRisers Hyderabad captain David Warner was dropped from captaincy after his team lost five out the first six matches of IPL this season. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Australia's star opener David Warner and cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Slater have denied reports of their involvement in a drunken bar brawl in Male, where Australian cricketers competing in the now-suspended IPL are waiting t board a flight home in a few days' time.

According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Warner and Slater got into a late night physical altercation after a heated argument at the Taj Coral Resort where they are in quarantine.

 

But Warner, who captained Sunrisers Hyderabad before being replaced by Kane Willaimson just before the suspension of IPL due to multiple COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, and Slater, also a former Australia opener, said 'nothing happened'.

"There is absolutely nothing to the rumour mill Buzz. Davie and I are great mates and absolutely zero chance of (having) a fight," Slater was quoted saying by foxsports.com.au.

Warner also said: '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.'

Warner and Slater are in a group of 39 Australians, comprising players, coaches and support staff, to have flown to the Maldives, on Thursday, on a charter flight organised and paid for by the BCCI.

Slater, who was commentating in the IPL, had left for Maldives earlier than the other Australians awaiting clearance to return home at the end of a travel ban Down Under on arrivals from India May 15.

Slater had made headlines after he lambasted threats of jail time and fines for returning Australians put in place by his government as a 'disgrace' and said Prime Minister Scott Morrison had 'blood' on his hands.

Morrison had described Slater's comments as 'absurd'.

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