Steve Smith had to step down from Rajasthan Royals captaincy. His teammate and ex-deputy in the Australian cricket team, David Warner, faces an uncertain future with the Indian Premier League franchisee Sunrisers Hyderabad following the ball-tampering controversy on the third day of the Cape Town Test against hosts Proteas.
Both Smith and Warner had stepped down from their respective positions of the captain and vice-captains of the Australian cricket team. There is no certainty whether Warner, designated Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, will stay as captain or at all play in the IPL.
The franchisee is awaiting Cricket Australia’s verdict on Warner’s participation in the Indian Premier League. “It’s very unfortunate what has happened in the Cape Town Test. As far as Sunrisers is concerned, it’s too early for us to comment. Because, it was, just which has happened the day before yesterday (Saturday). We will wait for the decision of Cricket Australia,” VVS Laxman had told national news agency PTI.
“The information available at the moment is very limited. So, we will wait for further information. If at all, the need be (to replace Warner), then we will discuss about that. As far as Warner is concerned, he has been an exceptional leader for Sunrisers group,” Laxman said.
The champion team of IPL 2016, Sunrisers start their 2018 campaign at home on April 9 against Rajasthan Royals, who have named Ajinkya Rahane to replace Smith as the team captain.