'Zero tolerance': Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals contract in jeopardy

IPL 2018 Steven Smith removed as skipper of Rajasthan Royals Reports

The controversy has spilled over in India as Smith is also the captain of Indian Premier League franchises Rajasthan Royals and his Warner leads the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Smith along with Cameron Bancroft admitted to have tampered with the ball during the the third day's play in the third South Africa vs Australia Test in Cape Town. As of now, no decision will be taken either by the board or the franchise.

The complicity of the top players attracted widespread condemnation from the global cricket fraternity, with former Australian legends including Allan Border and Shane Warne lambasting Smith for his dishonest approach and getting a junior on the firing line.

The news of Steve Smith being sacked by Rajasthan Royals franchise has been confirmed by Republic on their official Twitter handle.

Steven Smith was made skipper of RR in February for the eleventh season of the IPL. "It's only fair that they wait". "This Test match needs to proceed, and in the interim we will continue to investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands".

He was due to captain Royals in this year's IPL but that is now in doubt with executive chairman Ranjit Barthakur saying the team had a "zero tolerance policy" against actions that bring the game into disrepute. We at Rajasthan Royals will not tolerate any actions that are unfair by definition and bring disrepute to the game of cricket. Addressing the press conference after the day's play Smith said that it was "deliberate" plan from the "leadership group" to tamper with the ball. But now even they have chose to sack him as the captain of the team following the ball tampering incident. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also called the incident a "shocking disappointment".

Smith had taken over captaincy of the Team from Michael Clarke in 2015.

Smith said, "We spoke about it at Lunch and I'm not proud of it".

He was emotional about the scandal, expressing sympathy for Smith and his teammates but also slamming the incident as "blatant cheating".

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