Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain
David Warner steps down as SRH captain of IPL franchise in the wake of his role in the ball-tampering during the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Steven Smith, who was also involved in the pre-meditated plan to tamper with the ball, had already resigned as captain of Rajasthan Royals on Monday.
“In light of recent events, David Warner has stepped down as captain of SunRisers Hyderabad. The new captain of the Team will be announced shortly,” K.Shanmugam, the CEO of the franchise, said.
Steve Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft were involved in changing the condition of the ball during South Africa’s second innings in the Cape Town Test. While Smith and Bancroft admitted to their role in the episode after the third day’s play in Newlands, Cricket Australia’s investigation found Warner’s involvement as well. The troika now faces significant sanctions and have been sent back to Australia.
The decision was expected especially after the rage against the three players and Australian team across the globe. Wriddhiman Saha, who’ll be playing for SRH this year, however, felt the decision isn’t going to impact the team much. “Our team is strong enough to replace Warner,” he told reporters in Kolkata.” The team was decided based on the captain. Maybe initially we will get affected but with the reserve that we have, it won’t impact much.
“We will definitely have a very strong side if Warner remains in the team. But we have enough replacements to make a good side, if not 100 per ent but closer to that. We can try and fill in the void.”
Earlier, Smith also decided to step down as captain of the Rajasthan Royals. Ajinkya Rahane will now lead Royals in the tournament.