IPL: Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper

IPL: Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper

IPL: Warner steps down as Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper

Members of the touring party were shocked to see their vice-captain drinking champagne at the team hotel on Monday, when CA's integrity chief Iain Roy grilled players over an illegal plan to scuff the ball in Cape Town.

The 31-year-old Warner also reportedly irked the entire Australian dressing room by partying after the scandal.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may yet block Warner and Smith, who stood down as Rajasthan Royals captain on Monday, from taking part in this year's IPL.

Smith, Australia vice-captain Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft have all been sent home after cheating was exposed in the third Test with Cricket Australia set to announce punishments for the trio later on Wednesday In South Africa. "The replacement (of Warner) may not be 100 per cent, but it will be close enough", said Saha at a "Meet the Press" event, hosted by the Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club, here, on Tuesday.

Asked whether Shikhar Dhawan would be the right choice to replace Warner as captain, Saha said: "It will be a team management decision, whoever be the captain the goal will be to win for SRH".

'We understand and share the anger of fans and the broader Australian community, ' he said. I'm sure the whole team should be held responsible.

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"Prior knowledge of the plan in question was with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft only".

On the ball-tampering controversy, he said: "I don't think only two people were involved in this".

On Smith admitting to playing foul later, Saha said, "He might have thought that if he admitted to tampering with the ball, the punishment would be lessened".

"It's not good if they bring bad name to the sport".

"We have a good middle order with the likes of Kane Williamson, Deepak Hooda and Manish Pandey".

"On wicket-keeping in English conditions, he added, "When the bowler bowls, there is lateral movement after the ball has crossed the batsman".

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