David Warner, banned for ball-tampering, sends out good wishes to Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgDavid Warner, who was banned for a year from playing international cricket and the Indian Premier League, wished Sunrisers Hyderabad luck ahead of their IPL 2018 opener against Rajasthan Royals.SRH will take on the Royals, who will also be without Steve Smith.Warner stepped down as the skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad, was later banned from playing in IPL 2018 for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. However, he wished his ‘Orange Army’ good luck for the tournament. Sunrisers Hyderabad will get down to business against Rajasthan Royals under the captaincy of Kane Williamson at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.Warner was signed up by SRH in 2014. He responded with 528 runs for them that season and followed it up with 562 runs in 2015.Warner led from the front with 848 runs in 2016 as Sunrisers Hyderabad won the title by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. In 2017, Warner was in sensational form again, hammering 641 runs.Overall, Warner has 4014 runs from 114 matches at an average of 40.54 in the IPL.’Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight,’ the tweet read.Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight. pic.twitter.com/GpYYLDLXeJDavid Warner (@davidwarner31) April 9, 2018Warner, however, can return next year after his one-year ban gets over. He could have avoided it or at least try doing so by appealing against the ban imposed but the Sydneysider decided not to.(WATCH – Steve Smith breaks down during public apology)Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, who have also ban banned from representing Australia and playing domestic cricket, also opted against appealing their one-year and nine months ban respectively.advertisementWarner was additionally banned for life from taking up a leadership role within the Australian team. He had been identified as the chief conspirator in the ball-tampering saga.Smith and Bancroft had admitted to their roles in the ball-tampering row in a press conference in Cape Town immediately after play on Day 3 in Cape Town. That set in motion a series of events leading to Smith and Warner being banned from international cricket and the Indian Premier League.Smith and Bancroft had addressed the media last week upon their return from South Africa. The disgraced former Australia captain had broken down and drew plenty of sympathy with many appealing that his ban be reduced.(Steve Smith’s father dumps son’s cricket kit in family garage, says ‘He will be fine’)Warner addressed a press conference on Saturday but left journalists furious after he refused to answer several specific questions. However, he did tweet after that he will give all the answers once the official process of investigation from Cricket Australia is over.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more