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IPL 2018: David Warner steps down as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad

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XtraTime Web Desk: After the ball tampering controversy Australian vice captain David Warner stepped down as the Captain of his Indian Premier League franchise team Sun Risers Hyderabad today. Earlier, Aussie captain Steve Smith stepped down as the Captain of Rajasthan Royals as Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in this edition.

“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 said. Captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft  altered the condition of the ball during the Newlands Test against South Africa.

Warner had led the team to the title in 2016. Having joined the team in 2014, he was named captain the following year, and enjoyed a good run of form, finishing on top of the batting charts with 562 runs from 14 matches in 2015. The following year in their title run, he made 848 runs, second on the charts behind Virat Kohli. Ahead of the 2018 season, he was one of two players retained by the franchise, Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the other.

Warner, the Australia vice-captain, Steve Smith, his captain, and their team-mate Cameron Bancroft have been pulled up by Cricket Australia and face significant sanctions after Smith admitted that the “leadership group” had planned to alter the condition of the ball during the Cape Town Test.

Smith and Warner were stood down from their roles. The three players were sent back home from South Africa and are awaiting news of their punishment.

Smith, who was banned for one Test by the International Cricket Council, has already stepped down from his role as captain of the IPL team Rajasthan Royals.

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