Smith named Rajasthan Royals captain in IPL

Afp, Jaipur

21 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Struggling Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals on Saturday named Steve Smith as their new captain despite the Australian being barred from leading the national team over a ball-tampering scandal.

Smith, who along with compatriot David Warner missed the 2018 IPL because of the scandal, will replace India’s Ajinkya Rahane.

“Ajinkya has done a terrific job over the last year and a half,” Smith said after winning the toss in his first game as leader against Mumbai Indians in Jaipur.

“The owners thought there should be a change in the leadership, and he’ll be part of the leadership group as well,” Smith added.

The former Australia captain has made his way back into the national team for the upcoming World Cup but cannot take on formal leadership responsibilities for another year.