David Warner open to captaincy role for one of two new IPL franchises

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Australia batter David Warner would like to captain one of the two new IPL franchises if the opportunity comes. He was removed from the captaincy role by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2021 and later, they also excluded him from playing XI which hints that the franchise isn’t likely to retain him before the mega-auction.

Warner, in an interaction with Sports Today, spoke on the captaincy and said the role helps him play a lot better as he enjoys the responsibility. The Aussie was replaced by Kane Williamson as captain in the middle of the IPL 2021.

“Yeah, two new teams are coming up next year. Obviously, those franchises have been released yet. Would I like to captain it if it comes up? It is definitely something that I enjoy doing, it makes me play a lot better as well with that responsibility,” Warner told Sports Today.

“Having a taste of it in this environment makes it easier. I shared that role with Kane a fair bit and so it is great to have other leaders in the franchise. Jason Holder was another guy, Rashid Khan who captained Afghanistan. These are people with whom you can share your knowledge and rebound a lot of information,” he added.

There will be an addition of two new IPL teams in IPL 2022 and BCCI will announce it after the bidding closes on October 25.

“I would be thrilled to do that if something like that came up. But it’s all about getting a solid foundation together and whoever they feel is the best leader will get the nod.

“So if it arises, I would love to do it. It’s something that I am passionate about. I feel a person of my character can get people up and about. I am very energetic, I call a spade a spade and love trying to get the best out of everyone to perform at their best and hold everyone accountable for their actions too,” he added.