David Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain

Cameron Bancroft and Australia Steve Smith during the press conference

The decision comes in the wake of the recent ball-tampering controversy that led to bans for David Warner and Steven Smith from the 11th edition of IPL.

Warner broke his silence over the ball-tampering scandal by releasing a statement on social media on March 29, in which he apologized for engaging in actions that had "damaged cricket".

Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad have confirmed Kane Williamson will replace David Warner as their captain for the 2018 season.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had a fairly decent IPL 2013 and finished at 4th place after losing the eliminator to Rajasthan Royals.

"The new captain of the Team will be announced shortly", Sunrisers Hyderabad CEO K Shanmugam said in a tweet. "If we get a good start from the openers, the pressure on the middle order will be less", he said.

"If CA says that they have made a decision to ban the two players, that is where it all ends for them as far as IPL 11 is concerned". Bhuvi will also be thrilled to perform in the role now after he was at the top of the charts as the highest wicket-taker in the last two IPL seasons.

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Steven Smith and David Warner will not be allowed to play in IPL 2018 due to their roles in the pre-meditated plan to tamper with the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa.

One of the reasons for the success of SRH is they don't complicate things and play a set pattern.

Warner, having been stripped of his position as the vice-captain of the Australian national cricket team in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy, has chose to step down as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad. I understand the distress this has caused to the sport and its fans.

Both Warner and Smith were bought by their respective franchises at the same price of United States dollars 1.84 million (approx Rs 12.50 crore) each. He put the object down his trousers after being spoken to by the substitute Peter Handscomb, who had come on to the field after speaking to Australia coach Darren Lehmann over a walkie talkie.

100 hours of voluntary service in community cricket for all three, which will entail non-playing activities like scoring and umpiring.

Sunrisers wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha had earlier said that the squad was strong enough to cope without the explosive and influential Warner. We were waiting for the decision of Cricket Australia.

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