Kane Williamson to lead Sunrisers in IPL 2018

Kane Williamson to lead Sunrisers in IPL 2018
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson answers questions during a press conference following a training session ahead of the second cricket test against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, March 29, 2018. New Zealand will play England in the second and final test at Hagley Oval starting Friday March 30. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Hyderabad: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was on Thursday named captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad after Australian David Warner was banned from playing in IPL 2018 in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.

“We are happy to announce Kane Williamson as the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2018,” the franchise’s CEO K. Shanmugam announced on Twitter.

In accepting the role, Williamson made it a point to mention that he was “standing in as captain for this season.”

“I’ve accepted the role to stand in as captain for this season. It’s an exciting opportunity with a talented group of players. I look forward to the challenges ahead,” Williamson said.

The franchise’s decision to pick Williamson is, however, likely to raise a few eyebrows.

In his previous three seasons with the Sunrisers, Williamson played only 15 matches with a modest record — 411 runs at a strike rate of 129.24 with three half centuries.