David Warner sacked from Sunrisers Hyderabad captaincy

May 1, 2021 at 2:24 PM

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have axed David Warner as their captain, announcing Kane Williamson will lead the Indian Premier League franchise for the remainder of the tournament.

The club released a statement on Saturday evening confirming the Australian batter would no longer captain the side, effective immediately.

The Sunrisers also hinted Warner could be replaced in the starting XI for Sunday’s match against the Rajasthan Royals, potentially by England opener Jason Roy or West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder.

“Sunrisers Hyderabad would like to announce that Kane Williamson will be taking over the captaincy for tomorrow’s match and for the remainder of IPL 2021,” the statement read.

“The team management has also made the decision that they will be changing their overseas combination for tomorrow’s match against Rajasthan Royals.

“This decision has not come lightly as the management respects the enormous impact David Warner has had for the franchise over a number of years. As we face the remainder of the season we are sure David will continue to help us strive for success both on and off the field.”

Only four international players are permitted in an IPL starting XI, and it’s unlikely the Sunrisers would drop Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow or Williamson. (News.COM.AU)