Even before a ball has been bowled in the IPL11 for 2018, Rajasthan Royals, who are making a comeback after 2 years, had its Howzatt moment. The team’s captain Steve Smith has lost credibility as a leader after he instigated his Australian teammates to have a go at ball tampering in South Africa.
It’s not for the first time that Royals have been dumbfounded. Following are the instances when RR had to wash its ‘dirty linen’ in public.
Ravindra Jadeja had a "black" past. He breached players’ guidelines by not renewing his contract with the Royals and tried to negotiate a more profitable deal with other franchises. Following this, IPL Governing Council slapped a one-year ban on him.
Lalit Modi claimed that he was ‘arm-twisted’ by Srinivasan to allow Andrew Flintoff's sale to CSK in the 2009 auction. E-mail exchanges proved how Royals were held off from bidding for Flintoff.
India pacer S Sreesanth, domestic players Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan were nabbed by Delhi Police's Special Cell for spot-fixing three of Royals' games. Also, Royals co-owner Raj Kundra confessed to betting.
Royals were found guilty of illegal betting and match-fixing probe. The Supreme Court-appointed three-member panel suspended the franchise for two years over the corruption scandal.
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith admitted of ball-tampering during Australia’s Test match against South Africa that forced the IPL franchise to ax him from leading the side.