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 record