IPL 2018: David Warner steps down from Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy

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IPL 2018: David Warner steps down from Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy

"The new captain of the team will be announced shortly", Sunrisers chief executive K. Shanmugam said on the team s official Twitter page.

The trio faces the likelihood of a lengthy ban from Cricket Australia, after Smith admitted a pre-meditated attempt to alter the condition of the ball during the third Test in Cape Town. Royals have already named Ajinkya Rahane as their captain for the season, but Sunrisers have not yet announced who will replace Warner.

Smith and Warner were supposed to captain their respective franchises Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in this edition but had stepped down in the wake of the scandal and CA's sanction paved the way for BCCI to ban the duo. After which the Australian skipper Smith and Warner stepped down as the captain and vice-captain.

Warner, having been stripped of his position as the vice-captain of the Australian national cricket team in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy, has made a decision to step down as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Warner has been part of Sunrisers since 2014, when he was bought for INR 5.5 crores (USD 846,000). The incident took place during the afternoon session on day three at Newlands and was picked up on by TV cameras.

He was filmed not only rubbing the ball with the dirtied tape but also concealing the evidence down the front of his pants. "First, we waited for ICC's decision, after that Cricket Australia and then we decided on the matter", he added. Back at home, they are heavily criticized by the Australian media.

Cameron Bancroft, Australian opener was caught on camera scratching the ball with a piece of yellow paper before he hid it in his pants.

Cricket Australia also announced an independent review into "the conduct and culture" of the team, which the ACA said should examine the behaviour of administrators.

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