Due to the ball tampering controversy by Australian Cricket in their ongoing third Test against South Africa, there have been speculations that the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will dismiss Steve Smith and David Warner as their respective captains .
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla told news agency ANI that it is matter of serious concern . They are waiting ICC’s decision before deciding the fate of the Australia duo. “IPL matches will start on 7th April & we will take decision before that, in coming 1-2 days . Taking some serios steps today would not be right . We are holding discussions with those concerned officials”, Rajeev said .
In a media release, Rajasthan Royals Executive Chairman Ranjit Barthakur tried to clear the speculations and said that the franchise will wait for the BCCI’s instructions before they take a call on Steve Smith’s future.
“We are aware of the controversy of ball tampering in the ongoing Australia-South Africa series . We will wait for further instructions from BCCI, before we make any announcement . Rajasthan Royals will not tolerate any actions that are unfair and bring disrepute to the game of cricket . Our Zero tolerance policy applies to everyone in our team. Please bear with us”, the statement read.
ICC, however, fined Smith’s 100% match fee and handed him a one Test ban, while, Cameron Bancroft got a 75% fine and three demerit points for ball-tampering incident.
The Australian skipper had led the the Rising Pune Supergiant(RPS) to the final of the IPL in 2017, where they eventually lost to champions Mumbai Indians(MI).
On Saturday, Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera, using yellow sticky tape with dirt to change the condition of the ball.
Smith and Bancroft fronted the press, and in the most stunning revelation they admitted cheating
“I saw an opportunity to use some tape . I get some granules from the rough patches on the wicket and try to change the ball’s condition,” Bancroft said.
“It didn’t work; the umpires didn’t change the ball . But once I was sighted on the screens and having done that, that resulted in me shoving it down my trousers,” he added.
“It was a pre-planned move concocted by the Australian leadership group over lunch”, Smith admitted.
“I’m not proud of this incident . It’s not within the spirit of the game,” Smith said.
“My integrity, the team’s integrity, the leadership group’s integrity has come into question and rightly so”, he added.