David Warner has stepped down from the captaincy of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2018 IPL season.
Warner who was part of the ‘leadership group’ that planned the obnoxious ball tampering scandal in South Africa has already been asked to leave for Australia, with Cricket Australia set to announce his International fate in the next 12 hours.
Dark clouds hover over his IPL future too as BCCI has confirmed that a ban from Cricket Australia would mean that BCCI will not allow Warner and Smith to play in the IPL as well.
“To be honest, I don’t understand what all the cry is about. If the CA goes ahead and bans them, there is no way that the IPL franchises can accommodate them, just like Andre Russell had to skip the IPL after he was caught violating doping clauses. If CA says that they have decided to ban the two players, that is where it all ends for them as far as IPL 11 is concerned. The IPL GC actually has no role,” a BCCI official told CricketNext.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s CEO, K.Shanmugam revealed the news of Warner stepping down from captaincy of SRH.
“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,” he said.
It will interesting to see who replaces Warner as the captain of the Hyderabad franchise, as they have a couple of captaincy option to chose from. If they want to opt for an Indian player, they could go in with the experience of Dhawan, who has played a lot of cricket in the International cricket, but does not have any captaincy experience as such.
Kane Williamson could have an outside chance of getting the reigns of the team, as he is the captain of New Zealand across all formats and has had a revival in form in the last 2 months or so.