IPL 2018:Steve Smith stepped down from Rajasthan Royals captaincy ahead of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League
Australia batsman Steve Smith stepped down from Rajasthan Royals captaincy ahead of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. India middle oder batsman Ajinkya Rahane will now lead the side.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday banned Smith for a Test and fined him 100 percent of his match fee for conspiring with his team’s “leadership group” in ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa.
Smith had also to give up Australia captaincy for the remainder of the match that South Africa won by 322 runs that to take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series.
Following Smith’s admission, Cricket Australia launched an investigation amid calls for his permanent removal from Australia captaincy. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) insisted that Smith be sacked without further ado.
This [Smith’s removal] can occur while Cricket Australia completes a full investigation. The ASC condemns cheating of any form in sport. The ASC expects and requires that Australian teams and athletes demonstrate unimpeachable integrity in representing our country,” ASC said.
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Rajasthan Royals will play their first game on April 9 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad