Rajasthan Royals will launch their season with an away fixture 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.
Due to the recent ball-tampering controversy that forced Australia skipper Steve Smith to step down his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals on Monday also stripped Smith of the captaincy and named Ajinkya Rahane to lead the side in the upcoming Indian Premier League .
The Rajasthan Royals, returning to the IPL fold after serving a two-year ban on charges of corruption, had on Sunday sought time to take a final call ahead of the start of the 11th edition of the cash-rich league . The decision was on expected lines . The moment Cricket Australia indicated that harsher penalty was on cards for Smith for his role in the current event .
“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 quoted .
The incident in Cape Town has certainly disturbed the cricketing world . We have been in constant touch with the BCCI and taken their counsel . Furthermore, we have been in regular contact with Steve, he added. Rajasthan Royals’ mentor and former skipper Shane Warne was in Cape Town . It is understood that Warne must have also had a chat with the Australian captain
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident a “shocking disappointment”. While Michael Clarke kept open the possibility of returning as the Australia cricket team’s captain . On the third day of the Cape Town Test on Saturday, television footage showed Smith’s teammate Bancroft . Bancroft, 25, taking a yellow object out of his pocket . That yellow object was the sandpaper which was further used to scruff up one side of the ball to aid reverse swing . While fielding in the post-lunch session . He was also rubbing it on ball before putting the material into his trousers in an attempt to hide it .
In more upsetting news for cricket fans down under . Australian cricket’s day of shame ended after loosing from South Aftrica. On Sunday ,they faced a crushing 322-run defeat by South Africa on the fourth day of third Test match .
Steve Smith and David Warner’s troubles might just be beginning, with the ball-tampering controversy hanging over their heads . Under Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour, Smith and Warner could face punishment ranging up to a life ban for cheating, reported ESPNcricinfo.The IPL starts on April 7 with Mumbai Indians facing Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai .