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David Warner resigns from Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy

David Warner's trouble continues
David Warner's trouble continues

Sunrisers Hyderabad have confirmed that Australia's David Warner has resigned from captaincy ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

The news follows after his Australian team-mate Steven Smith, who also stepped down from the captaincy of Rajasthan Royals admitted to a ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town which he revealed was orchestrated by the 'leadership group' in the side.

As a result, Smith and Warner both were removed from the captaincy and vice-captaincy roles by Cricket Australia and subsequently will miss on the final Test against Proteas.

Under Warner, Hyderabad went on to win their maiden IPL title in 2016 when they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in the final and he is also one of the most successful batsmen in the history of the tournament having amassed 4014 runs from 114 games at an average of 40.54 and a strike-rate of 142.13. He has also scored three centuries and 36 fifties since his debut in 2009.

The CEO of the Sunrisers Hyderabad K.Shanmugam confirmed the news on Warner and further revealed that the new skipper will be announced in due course.

"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," said Shanmugam.

Sunrisers Hyderabad will kick-start their IPL campaign with a clash against Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on 4th April.

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