Warner resigns as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain

David Warner steps down captain Sunrisers Hyderabad Indian Premier League IPL cricket

David Warner won’t captain the Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s IPL

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Australia opener David Warner has stepped down as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad for his involvement in the ball tampering scandal that has rocked the cricketing community.

Warner has represented the Sunrisers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2014 and was handed the leadership role in 2015. He even led the franchise to their first-ever title in 2016.

The 31-year-old was retained by the Sunrisers for INR 12 crores for the upcoming edition of the tournament.

Warner’s decision to resign comes just two days after Australia skipper Steve Smith stepped down as captain of the Rajasthan Royals.

“In light of recent events, David Warner has stepped down as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad,” Sunrisers CEO K Shanmugam was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The new captain of the team will be announced shortly.”

Smith, Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft all played a part in the ball tampering scandal on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

As a result, the trio will leave South Africa on Wednesday and won’t feature in the fourth Test in Johannesburg, which gets underway on Friday.

With Smith, Warner and Bancroft out of the team, Matt Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns were called up as their replacements.

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