Cricketers David Warner and Michael Slater have reportedly denied rumours they had a late night physical exchange inside a Maldives bar.
Slater and Warner have been long-term friends, but rumours have emerged of a disagreement between the pair that ended up getting heated.
the rumour of an incident inside the Taj Coral Resort in the Maldives where the pair are staying.
Slater was commentating in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but fled to the Maldives as India’s COVID-19 situation worsens, awaiting clearance to return to Australia following the end of a travel ban, which was last week put in place until at least May 15.
Warner was among a group of around 40 Australians, made up of players, coaches and cricket staff, to have flown to the Maldives two days ago on a chartered flight organised and paid for by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Slater has made headlines this week after he blasted threats of jail time and fines for returning Aussies as a “disgrace” and said the Prime Minister has “blood on your hands”.
However The Daily Telegraph’s report has crated very different headlines.
Slater is reported to have sent senior journalist Phil Rothfield an SMS denying 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,” Slater texted.
Warner also sent a text 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.”
Warner and Slater have enjoyed a public friendship and have previously spent time together with Sky Sports Radio and Channel 9.
Meanwhile, Slater has been under the pump this week following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s scathing reply to his earlier criticism of the India travel ban.
Morrison said on Tuesday Slater’s criticism was “absurd” and on Thursday morning, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the cricket great “needs to get over himself”.
“He is acting like a spoiled prat,” Littleproud said. “No one’s underestimating the harrowing impacts on the Indian people, or on the Australians that are stuck there, but the Australian Government’s primary responsibility is to keep its people safe.”