New Delhi: Embattled David Warner today stepped down as captain of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad due to the ball-tampering scandal that has tainted his reputation and shaken international cricket to the core.
“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,” Sunrisers Hyderabad CEO K Shanmugam said in a tweet posted by the team’s official handle.
“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, CEO, SunRisers Hyderabad
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 28, 2018
Warner, along with Australian skipper Steve Smith and opener Cameron Bancroft, is in the line of fire due to the scandal that broke out during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Bancroft was caught on camera while using a sandpaper to tamper the ball.
The trio was ordered to return home by Cricket Australia after a preliminary inquiry, which cleared coach Darren Lehmann of any involvement.
The 31-year-old Warner has also reportedly angered the entire Australian dressing room by partying after the scandal.
After a ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town during the 4th Test match against South Africa, Steve Smith had stepped down as captain of IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. Smith has handed the Rajasthan captaincy over to Ajinkya Rahane.
Ball-tampering scandal may yet cost Smith and Warner the Test captaincy and vice-captaincy respectively, with Cricket Australia officials currently probing the matter in Cape Town.
ICC has fined Australian captain Steve Smith 100% of his match fee and suspended him for one Test match, while batsman Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal.
Meanwhile, BCCI has barred both Steve Smith and David Warner from participation in this year’s edition of IPL.
However, corporate giant LG has confirmed on Wednesday that it would not be continuing its deal with the opener.
A few hours later, the Sunrisers Hyderabad put out a statement saying Warner would not be captaining them in this year’s competition, which starts on 8 April. Warner and Smith’s IPL deals are worth $2.6 million each.
Warner, along with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, will reportedly return to Australia on Thursday in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal. Warner signed with LG in late 2014.
On Saturday Smith admitted to masterminding the ball-tampering, saying it was in an effort to gain an advantage over South Africa.
The trio will be replaced for the upcoming fourth test against the Proteas.