IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals replaced Steve Smith as skipper, Ajinkya Rahane is Captain Now: Well, reports are coming that, the controversy of ball-tampering isn’t getting stops. Some sources are saying that the cricket council is about to take serious action against the Australian skipper Steve Smith. Overall, this whole controversy reached India, and Rajasthan Royals on Monday announced Ajinkya Rahane as the new captain of the team. Overall, the reports are claiming that the team isn’t looking for any controversy.
Also, the team franchise announced that Rahane is one of the most established players in world cricket, has replaced the Australian right-hander as the skipper ahead of the 11th edition of the cash-rich tournament. It all took place after a day; Smith had to step down from the captaincy role of the Australian cricket team. This is a great way to ignoring any controversy regarding this issue and surely RR isn’t looking for any distraction for their team.
Even, Smith was the only player which was retained by the team RR on 2018 IPL auction. Rahane, who has been a key player for Rajasthan Royals over the years, was brought back through a Right to Match (RTM) card for Rs 4 crores. In an official statement released by Rajasthan Royals, Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket, said, “The incident in Cape Town has certainly disturbed the cricket world. We have been in constant touch with the BCCI and taken their counsel. Furthermore, we have been in regular contact with Steve.”
Even the Ex-Australian captain Steve said, “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.” Speaking at the announcement of the new captain, Bharucha added, “Ajinkya Rahane has been an integral part of the Royals family for a long time now and he understands the culture and values of our team.