The Sunrisers Hyderabad have appointed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson as their captain. The decision comes a day after Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed that Steve Smith and David Warner will not play in the 11th season of the league.
Williamson has accepted the post and the tweet also includes his message.
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“I have accepted the role to stand in as captain this season. It’s an exciting opportunity with a talented group of players. I look forward to the challenges ahead,” Williamson said.
The franchise also later confirmed the appointment of Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the vice-captain for the upcoming season.
Australia vice-captain Warner, along with skipper Smith, were handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia for being part of the “leadership group” complicit in Cameron Bancroft’s ball-tampering act which was caught on camera during the third Test against South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town.
Following Cricket Australia’s ruling on the players, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, in consultation with the BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI’s acting Hon. secretary Amitabh Choudhary decided to bar the duo from participating in the 2018 edition of the IPL.
Warner and Smith had earlier stepped down from their leadership positions at SunRisers and Rajasthan Royals respectively, with the Jaipur-based franchise appointing Ajinkya Rahane as their skipper in place of the beleaguered Australia captain. Both franchises are yet to name the respective replacements for the banned Australian duo.
The New Zealand batsman made his IPL debut against Chennai Super Kings in the 2015 edition and has since played 15 games, scoring 411 runs including three fifties, at an average of 31.62, with a strike rate of 129.25.