Williamson to captain Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kane Williamson captain Sunrisers Hyderabad Indian Premier League IPL cricket

Kane Williamson: “It’s an exciting opportunity with a talented group of players. I look forward to the challenges ahead”

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will captain the Sunrisers Hyderabad during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Williamson will replace David Warner, who stepped down as captain and was barred from playing in this year’s IPL due to his involvement in the ball tampering scandal.

Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were all indicted in the incident, which occurred on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

As a result, Cricket Australia banned Warner and Smith for 12 months, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith will also not be able to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.

“I’ve accepted the role to stand in as captain for this season,” the franchise quoted Williamson as saying on Twitter. “It’s an exciting opportunity with a talented group of players. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

The Sunrisers regained the services of Williamson after buying him for INR 3 crores at the IPL auction in January.

India pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been appointed as vice-captain. The 28-year-old was the highest wicket-taker in last year’s competition as he claimed 26 wickets at an average of 14.19.

The Sunrisers will kick off their IPL campaign against the Rajasthan Royals on April 9.

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