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Steve Smith unlikely to return as captain for Rajasthan Royals


Australian player Steve Smith is unlikely to lead his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals in the next edition of Indian Premier League.

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Australian star duo Steve Smith and David Warner are experiencing one year ban in International cricket after the ball-tampering saga that rocked during the Test series between South Africa and Australia in South Africa during March in 2018.

After the enforcement of the ban on the duo, they were also banned from playing Indian Premier League 2018 according to the norms of IPL governing council. Now the duo is expected to play the next edition of Indian Premier League as their bans will be closed by that time.

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Both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals have retained David Warner and Steve Smith respectively with them for the next edition of the richest T20 league. Before the incidents happened in South Africa, both Aussies were named as the skippers for respective franchises.

However, the bans forced the franchises to name new captains. Sunrisers Hyderabad has announced that Kane Williamson will lead the franchise in 2019 too like in 2018.

But there are some speculations on Rajasthan Royals as Steve Smith might return as skipper for the next edition. There are some reports suggesting that Steve Smith might not lead the team in the edition of 2019.

More than anything else, the cricketer’s limited availability is the problem as Australia is expected to play ODI series against Pakistan during the competition and will also leave early with the World Cup soon to follow after the IPL.

Rajasthan Royals’ mentor Shane Warne is also expected to make his call on this matter later. Steve Smith fly to India after the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League to attend the Rajasthan Royals camp.

The final decision will be taken during the training camp. Ajinkya Rahane is expected to continue as the skipper after a decent campaign last year as the franchise was able to reach the playoffs.

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