The eleventh edition of Indian Premier League seems to be marred by injury woes as many foreign players seem to be taking a break. However, for Rajasthan Royals, the trouble is not because of the injury woes but the recent ball-tempering fiasco which involves their would-be skipper Steven Smith.Recently the Australian skipper accepted his role in the ball-tampering incident during the third-day play of the ODI at Cape Town against South Africa. As per the IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, any decision pertaining to Smith’s participation in the tournament will be taken in accordance with CA and ICC’s decision.
Speaking to ANI, Shukla said,“This is a serious matter. We are waiting for ICC’s action against him and then accordingly we will decide Smith’s future in IPL. Cricket Australia is investigating the case, so after the reports, the action will be taken.”
He further said, “This is not the right time for us to take any decision on Smith. The IPL will begin from April 7, so we will decide on it soon. We are in discussion with the concerned authorities in the matter.”
Rajasthan Royals in an official statement made it clear that they are awaiting BCCI’s instruction before making any decisions.
Rajasthan Royal’s Executive Chairman, Ranjit Barthakur, “We have been made aware of the controversy of ball tampering in ongoing Australia – South Africa series and await further instructions from BCCI before we make any announcement.”
He added, “We at Rajasthan Royals will not tolerate any actions that are unfair by definition and bring disrepute to the game of cricket. Our Zero tolerance policy applies to everyone on our team.”
Both Smith and Cameron Bancroft admitted of tampering with the ball during the third Test. Following the incident Smith and his deputy, David Warner stepped down from their roles in the mid-way.