IPL 2018: Rahane To Lead RR; Steve Smith Steps Down As Rajasthan Royals Captain – Steve Smith has stepped down as Rajasthan Royals captain and will be replaced by Ajunkya Rahane. The decision came after the ball tampering incident which shook the cricket world. BCCI had already made it clear that the decision over Warner and Smith would be taken within two days.
On Monday, Rajasthan Royals announced Ajinkya Rahane as their captain for the upcoming season of IPL. Ajinkya Rahane has been a strong asset for RR since last few years. The opener has evolved into a T20 specialist and now has been handed the topmost responsibility of the team.
But why did Smith actually step down as RR captain? Well, the news has spread so fast that every cricket fan might be knowing but if not, continue reading.
One of the shocking incidents took place on the third day of South Africa vs Australia 3rd Test match. Australian opening batsman Bancroft was found guilty of ball tampering. The incident made news when Bancroft’s actions were caught on camera and were streamed live on Television all over the world.
The news broke out after the end of day’s play as Australian captain and Bancroft accepted the allegations of ball tampering. The Aussie captain confessed that the leadership had chalked out the plan. The shameful act has disappointed the Cricket Austraila, ICC and fans all around the world. Following the 3rd-day press conference, ICC handed one test match ban for the captain Steve Smith and three demerit points for Bancroft. But still the problems for Smith, Bancroft and Warner are not over as many news reports suggest that the trio will face more punishment from Cricket Australia.
David Warner and Steve Smith are two top-rated T20 specialists. At the moment, two batsmen are the pillars of their respective team and no fan will like them to miss the IPL season. For now, Steve Smith has resigned as captain but his presence in this years IPL also remain a doubt. Stay tuned for further updates regarding the controversy.