Due to the ball-tampering controversy that hit the Australian Cricket in their ongoing third Test against South Africa, there have been speculations that the Indian Premier League franchises Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will sack Steve Smith and David Warner as their respective captains. IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla told news agency ANI that it is matter of serious concern and they are awaiting ICC’s decision before deciding the fate of the tainted Australia duo. “Matches will start on 7th April & we will take decision before that, in coming 1-2 days. Announcing a decision today won’t be right. We are holding discussions with those concerned”, Shukla said. “This is a matter of serious concern for all of us. We are waiting for decision of ICC & Cricket Australia before taking any step”, Shukla added.
In a media release, Rajasthan Royals Executive Chairman Ranjit Barthakur tried to clear the air and said that the franchise will wait for the BCCI’s instructions before they take a call on Smith’s future.
“We have been made aware of the controversy of ball tampering in the ongoing Australia-South Africa series and await further instructions from BCCI, before we make any announcement. 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 in our team. Please bear with us”, the statement read.
Official Media Statement – Rajasthan Royals
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 25, 2018