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Australia ball-tampering scandal: David Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain

  • PTI
  • March 28th, 2018
  • 14:04:39 IST

New Delhi: Australian batsman David Warner on Wednesday stepped down as captain of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal that has tainted his reputation and shaken international cricket to the core.

File image of David Warner. Sportzpics

File image of David Warner. Sportzpics

"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.

Warner's IPL participation itself would be jeopardised if Cricket Australia decides to impose a lengthy ban as has been speculated. According to reports, Warner might be banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, forcing him out of not just the IPL but also the home series against India later this year.

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 using a sandpaper to tamper the ball and Smith later admitted that the opener was executing a plan put together by the team's leadership group.

The trio was ordered to return home by Cricket Australia after a preliminary inquiry, which surprisingly cleared coach Darren Lehmann of any involvement.

The latest episode continues the fall from grace for Warner, who was earlier caught on camera having an aggressive verbal duel with South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock during the second Test.

Warner was seen being physically restrained by his teammates in the footage that went viral on social media and invited a fine from the ICC.

Earlier, Smith had also stepped down as captain of another IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, due to the incident, for which he was banned for one Test by the ICC.

Smith was replaced by Ajinkya Rahane as skipper.

Updated Date: March 28, 2018 14:04:39 IST

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