The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday barred Steve Smith and David Warner from taking part in this year's IPL afterCricket Australia banned the disgraced duo for their role in ball-tampering in South Africa.
According to reports, Warner might be banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, which is now investigating the ball-tampering controversy that has plunged the game into crisis. "In hindsight, if he is not there, the team is strong enough to replace him", Saha told reporters at the Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club days before leaving for Hyderabad to join the camp.
Sutherland said that Lehmann will continue in the capacity of coach with the team.
'We understand and share the anger of fans and the broader Australian community, ' he said.
"We have a good middle order with the likes of Kane Williamson, Deepak Hooda and Manish Pandey".
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Warner's resignation comes just two days after worldwide team-mate Smith quit as Rajasthan Royals skipper.
"Earlier, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland had announced that the troika of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will be sent back home on Wednesday".
The team management has kept mum. "If there is any instruction (from the team), then I will try those shots".
On Smith admitting to playing foul later, Saha said, "He might have thought that if he admitted to tampering with the ball, the punishment would be lessened".
Saha said senior players like Smith and Warner are "brand ambassadors" of the game and the quantum of punishment should be same for everyone. If they do something that is not suitable, I don't think that does the sport any good. "I have not seen any U-19 player bowl at 140 kph consistently".