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IPL 2018: Ajinkya Rahane Replaces Steve Smith As Rajasthan Royals Captain After Ball-Tampering Gate

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| March 26 , 2018 , 15:43 IST

India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead Rajasthan Royals in the 11th edition the Indian Premier League (IPL). He replaces the under-fire Steve Smith who is in the news for the recent light of the ball-tampering case.

Smith, who stepped down as captain for Australia after the admission of knowledge of ball-tampering, had been suspended for one match by ICC.

Rajasthan Royals, who themselves are making a comeback after on-field controversial problems would not want to have a problem like this to arise. But, they have dealt with it and broke the news on their social media platforms and their website.

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"Rajasthan Royals will do everything possible to protect the values and the integrity of the game. We agree with Steve’s decision to step down as captain, and we are fortunate to have such a capable successor with Ajinkya Rahane," said Manoj Badale, the co-owner of Rajasthan Royals.

He added, "It is important that all cricket fans retain a balanced perspective on the situation. What happened in South Africa was clearly wrong, especially given that it appears to have been pre-meditated. That said, this will be a difficult time for Steve as well, given how much he cares about the game."

“Ajinkya Rahane has stepped up as a leader whenever he has been given the opportunity, be it for Team India or at Rajasthan Royals. We consider him the right candidate to lead the side this crucial season when the team is coming back to the IPL after two years. We wish him all the best.” said Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman of the IPL Franchise.

Rajasthan Royals will launch their season with an away fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9.

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