Australian villain Steve Smith was dropped by Rajasthan Royals, India’s Premier League team, after another “fraudulent” controversy during the India Test series when he was caught on camera rubbing off Rishabh Pant’s brand
- Smith, 31, was the captain of the Royals but was replaced by Samson
- He caused an uproar on the subcontinent by scratching away Pants guard
- Smith’s £ 100,000 late hundred contest contract is under threat
Australian batsman Steve Smith was sacked by Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.
It came a week after Smith, who was captain of the royals, caused uproar in the subcontinent by scratching away Rishabh Pants’ beat guard during the bad-tempered third test between Australia and India.
The stump camera appeared to show Smith, who was not directly visible but was wearing his jersey number 49 and Pant removed the guard during a drink break on the fifth day of the Sydney tie.
Steve Smith was sacked from India’s Premier League team Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday
Pant – who scored 97 points from 118 balls – returned to the Kink after the break and was seen looking for his guard. After he couldn’t find her, he had to ask the referee.
Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag and Sportsmail’s David Lloyd were among those who expressed displeasure with his actions.
Australian coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine later defended Smith on charges of skill.
The stump camera recorded Smith, who was apparently wearing off the batsman’s trademark with his boots
Smith was more controversial three years after the Sandpapergate ball rigging scandal
India had the final say in an amazing chase to triumph of three wickets in the fourth Test at the Gabba in Brisbane and a 2-1 win in the series.
It was the most recent controversy to meet the former Australian captain after he was banned from Cricket Australia for a year in March 2018 for his role in the Australian ball rigging scandal in South Africa.
More bad news broke Tuesday after it was revealed that Smith’s £ 100,000 late hundred contest contract was threatened after Welsh Fire offered Jonny Bairstow one of Smith and Mitchell Starc’s top bracket slots.
Rajasthan Royals decided not to extend their high-profile captain’s contract
Jofra Archer’s English trio – the reigning MVP of the IPL – Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have all been retained, but their international colleague Tom Curran was released ahead of next month’s auction.
Meanwhile, Azeem Rafiq’s Labor Court hearing has been scheduled for February 18 in Leeds.
Rafiq is taking action against Yorkshire for racial harassment and discrimination, alleging victimization and harm as a result of his efforts to combat racism in the club.
The preliminary hearing sets the schedule for the case separate from an independent investigation initiated by the club.