The Ball Tampering Controversy
The cricket world erupted in fury as snippets of footage from the Australia versus South Africa test match was making the rounds on social media. As allegations of ball tampering surrounded Australian opener, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith later admitted that the “leadership group” knew about the tampering.
Steve Smith and David Warner later stepped down as captain and vice-captain of the Australian team. Tim Paine will now lead the team in the remainder of the test matches.
Ajinkya Rahane to Lead Rajasthan Royals
Earlier this month, Rajasthan Royals had announced Steve Smith as the team captain for IPL 2018. However, Smith has now stepped down as captain. In a recent tweet, Rajasthan Royals have revealed that Ajinkya Rahane will replace Smith as Royals captain.
“Ajinkya Rahane appointed as Rajasthan Royals’ Captain” https://t.co/6J0nzmX3Xr
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 26, 2018
Smith, Warner Banned for a Year
Cricket Australia has dealt with the matter swiftly and has handed a 12-month ban to Steve Smith and David Warner. Cameron Bancroft has been banned for 9 months. This also means that they will not the playing in the Indian Premier League and will also miss India’s tour of Australia scheduled for later this year.
Twitterati, on the other hand, have come up with mixed reactions to this news. While some are still outraged about the ball tampering, others think that the punishment is too harsh indeed.
I must admit 12 months is a very harsh ban. 6 months I thought was right but clearly this reflects the uproar in Australia. It means they miss the India series and have little time to get ready for the World Cup
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 28, 2018