Vastavam web: Amid doubts over David Warner’s participation in the Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman on Monday said the franchise would wait for Cricket Australia’s decision on the player, who finds himself embroiled in a ball tampering controversy.Steve Smith and Warner stood down as captain and vice-captain for rest of Australia’s third Test match against South Africa on Sunday for involvement in ball tampering on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
Facing severe backlash for his role in ball tampering , Smith on Monday relinquished captain at Rajasthan Royals and the script could pan out similarly for Warner, too.Asked if there is an alternative plan in the event of any harsh action against Warner, he said SRH is not even thinking on those lines at the moment.”The information available at the moment is very limited. So, we will wait for further information. If at all, the need be, then we will discuss about that. As far as Warner is concerned, he has been an exceptional leader for Sunrisers group,” Laxman said.
“Because, over the last few years, that’s one area where unfortunately Sunrisers hasn’t been able to do well. We expect a lot from our domestic talent and they were, unfortunately, not been able to play to their potential. So, it was important for us to have a strong Indian players this time. We are happy that we got a lot of them,” he said.Marquee players, including Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kane Williamson, continue to be part of the squad for this edition. It has acquired new players like Wriddhiman Saha, Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan to bolster its strength.”I think what was important for us is to retain the majority of players who form the core group of Sunrisers family and Kane is definitely a part of that core group,” he said.
“With seven overseas players, we got the luxury of playing various combinations and that’s something which was intentional and conscious effort from us when we went into the auction,” he said.