The Rajasthan Royals, making a comeback to the IPL fold after a two-year ban on charges of corruption. They had a meeting on Sunday to sought time to take a final call regarding its new captain .
Due the recent ball-tampering controversy Australian Captain Steve Smith is forced to step down, his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals also dropped Smith of the captaincy and named Ajinkya Rahane to lead the team as a captain in the upcoming Indian Premier League .
Australian Captain Steve Smith and Skipper David Warner’s problems might just be beginning . Under Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour, Smith and Warner could face punishment ranging up to a life ban for cheating .
Cricket Australia indicated that penalty could be more harsh on the cards for Smith for his role in an episode that has shaken Australian sporting fraternity.
“Steve believes given the current circumstances ‘It’s in the best interest of the Rajasthan Royals that he steps down as Captain so the team can get ready for the start of the IPL without the ongoing distractions.
‘ He would like to extend his gratitude to the BCCI officials and all the fans in India for their constant support,” Rajasthan Royals‘ head of cricket Zubin Bharucha said .
The incident in Cape Town has certainly disturbed the cricketing world . We have been in constant touch with the BCCI and taken their advice . Furthermore, we have been in regular contact with our past Captain Steve Smith, he added.Rajasthan Royals’ mentor and former skipper Shane Warne was in Cape Town . It is also understood that Warne must have also had a chat with the Australian captain.
Australian Captain Smith on Saturday admitted that he was the mastermind behind the plan to indulge in ball-tampering . This also made others prompted even Australia’s prime minister to react and a long-retired captain to mull a comeback .
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident a “shocking disappointment”. Michael Clarke also kept open the possibility of returning as the Australia cricket team’s captain.
The whole incident took place on the third day of the Cape Town Test on Saturday. Television footage showed Australian’s Captain teammate Bancroft, 25, taking a yellow object out of his pocket. The whole incident took place when he was fielding in the post-lunch session. He also appeared to be rubbing it on the ball .
Even more upsetting news for cricket fans down under . Australian cricket’s day of shame ended with crushing 322-run defeat by South Africa in third Test match in South Africa.
The IPL will starts on April 7 with Mumbai Indians facing Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai. Rajasthan Royals will launch their season against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9 followed by their first home game in Jaipur on April 11 where they will host Delhi Daredevils at Sawai Mansingh stadium.