IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad approach Kusal Perera to replace banned David Warner

The Sri Lankan middle-order batsman was approached after BCCI barred Warner, Smith from participating in the XIth season of IPL, over the infamous ball-tampering incident. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 30, 2018, 01.55 PM (IST)

Sri Lankan middle-order batsman Kusal Perera might replace banned Australian player David Warner for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which commences on 7th April.

According to media reports, after Cricket Australia (CA) announced its decision to ban Warner and Smith for one year each, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) approached Perera to fill the space.

However, the deal is yet to be finalised, reports added.

Meanwhile, SRH have appointed New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson as their new captain, after Warner's exit, for the upcoming edition 

"I've accepted the role to stand in as captain for this season,” Williamson said to SRH’s Twitter handle.

"It's an exciting opportunity with a talented group of players. I look forward to the challenges ahead," he added.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) barred Warner, Smith from participating in the XIth season of IPL. 

The cash-rich tournament's chairman Rajeev Shukla announced the management's decision to not allow the tainted Aussie duo participate.

"We wanted everything in our own hands. First, we waited for ICC's decision, after that Cricket Australia and then we decided on the matter," Shukla said. 

"We have decided to bar them from this season. The replacements will be made available to the two teams. We did not take any decision in haste, it was a well thought out decision," Shukla added. 

Apart from the two, Cameron Bancroft, who was accused of tampering with the ball, was banned for 9 months by Cricket Australia.