Ajinkya Rahane likely to lead Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018

Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming season, if Australian skipper Steve Smith loses his captaincy after admitting to ball tampering during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

After looking such action from Smith, ICC imposed a one-Test suspension and docked his full match fees as per its code of conduct.

Following such punishment from ICC, BCCI and Royals breathed a sigh of relief after Smith escaped with a light punishment.

Although, it is believed that if Smith himself takes the decision to quit captaincy, Royals should be cool with it as they have a great replacement in form of Rahane.

 “Now the ball is completely in Rajasthan Royals’ court. Yes, Smith was dishonest in allowing a youngster to tamper with the ball. He has set a very bad example but Rajasthan’s plans revolve around Smith,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.

“We think Rajasthan will like to start with a clean slate without any controversy. So it would be easier if Smith decides to play as a batsman only and let someone else take over the mantle of captaincy,” the official added.