IPL 2018: Steve Smith quits Rajasthan Royals after the ball-tampering controversy
Australia, who is facing criticism all over the world after the ball-tampering issue, has left Steve Smith the captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals. In place of Smith, India's middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane made the captain of the Rajasthan team for the IPL's 2018 season. Rajasthan Royals' head of cricket Zubin Bharucha gave this information through a media release. It is worth mentioning that the IPL-2011 will be held on April 7. It said in the advertisement that after the incident of the Cape Town Test the entire cricket world is shocked. We are in constant touch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding this matter. Not only this, we are also approaching Steve.
Steve believes that in the current circumstances, it would be fair to leave him (Smith) the captaincy of Rajasthan Royals. This will help the team prepare well before the tournament. Announcing the announcement about the new captain, Bharucha said that Ajinkya Rahane has been a part of the Rajasthan team for a long time. They well versed with the culture and values of this team. I am confident that he will be the best captain of Rajasthan Royals.
The Rajasthan Royals team
The Rajasthan Royals team has returned to the IPL this year after facing a two-year ban due to allegations of spot-fixing. Smith had appointed captain as captain in February this month. Smith was part of the Rajasthan team in 2014 and 2015. He is the only cricketer who has retained the franchises for the year 2018. Smith was captain of the Rising Pune SuperJint Team in the previous season. In his captaincy, the team reached the finals where they had to face defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians.
Significantly, Smith and his team had come into controversy when Cameron Bencroft caught catching up with the ball in the third Test match against South Africa in Cape Town, and later both Bencroft and Smith admitted this. That was the plan of the tampering team with the ball. After that, Cricket Australia (CA) had removed Smith for captaincy and vice-captain David Warner for the remaining two days of the Test on the third day. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also imposed a penalty for a match on Smith and fined match fees, while Benchraft fined 75 percent of his match fee.