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David Warner and Michael Slater deny scuffle in Maldives report

David Warner and Michael Slater (Image Courtesy: PTI/Instagram)

Bengaluru, May 9: Australian duo David Warner and Michael Slater have clearly denied the reports that alleged they were involved in a scuffle inside a Maldives bar.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Warner and former cricketer turned commentator Slater are curently in the Maldives along with the rest of the IPL 2021 Australian contingent, who are expected to fly back home when the travel pause ends.

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

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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".

The former Australian opener Slater is reported to have sent a text to senior journalist Phil Rothfield dismissing 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," quoted Slater as saying in a text message.

Warner also 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," Warner added.

Warner and Slater are in a group of 39 Australians, comprising players, coaches and support staff, to have flown to the Maldives on Thursday (May 6) on a charter flight organised and paid for by the BCCI.

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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".

(With Agency inputs)

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Story first published: Sunday, May 9, 2021, 10:02 [IST]
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