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IPL: Ajinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals

IPL: Ajinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Mar 2018, 09:52 pm

Jaipur, Mar 26 (IBNS): Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane will captain the Rajasthan Royals squad in the upcoming IPL season.

The squad was earlier scheduled to be led by Australian cricketer Steve Smith.

"Rajasthan Royals appoint @ajinkyarahane88 as the captain for #IPL2018," the IPL side tweeted as it confirmed their new skipper for the 2018 season.

Smith landed himself in a controversy during the third Test match between Australia and South Africa when he admitted that his side was involved in alleged  ball- tampering  incident.

The ICC on Sunday said Australia captain Steve Smith, who has stepped down for the ongoing Test match against South Africa, has been given one-match suspension and fined 100 percent of his match fee.

The move was made following allegations of ball- tampering was labelled against him.

He will now miss the fourth Test match against South Africa which is scheduled to be played in Johannesburg from Mar 30 to Apr 3.

South Africa defeated Australia to take 2-1 lead in the series.

Additionally, Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play on Saturday.

Bancroft admitted that he breached Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3.” and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, and as such there was no need for a formal hearing.

The incident that led to the charges being laid took place during South Africa’s innings on Saturday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his trousers.

As soon as the incident was shown on the giant screen, the player was questioned in the presence of his captain Steve Smith by the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, who, along with third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, later charged Bancroft.

The umpires inspected the ball at that time and elected not to replace the ball and award a 5-run penalty as they could not see any marks on the ball that suggested that its condition had been changed as a direct result of Bancroft’s actions.

The umpires though agreed that Bancroft’s actions were likely to alter the condition of the ball and he was therefore charged under Article 2.2.9.

IPL: Ajinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals

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