Ball-tampering scandal should not affect IPL 2018, feels Parthiv Patel

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) won’t lose its sheen in the absence of star Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner, feels wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel.Australian skipper Smith along with his deputy David Warner, both captains of Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) respectively, were banned for a year by Cricket Australia (CA) after the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal which rocked the sport.WATCHThe BCCI followed CA’s footsteps and banned the tainted pair from taking part in the cash-rich T20 league.”It’s unfortunate (ball tampering incident). But I feel the IPL is a big brand. It’s such a big tournament with a lot of young players and seniors have been around for years. A couple of incidents that has happened outside the IPL should not affect it,” Parthiv told reporters on the sidelines of an event here on Thursday.Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 1 year each, Cameron Bancroft out for 9 monthsSmith was also stripped of the Australian captaincy for at least two years. Asked if the treatment meted out to him and Warner was too harsh, Parthiv said, “I don’t think I’m in a position to speak on what has happened. The ICC and CA have taken decisions.”Parthiv, who was roped in by the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for 1.7 crores in the auctions this time, said it’s great to be back with the franchise.”A lot has changed from where I was in 2014. (I am) coming with a lot of experience of winning the tournament (with Mumbai Indians),” he said.advertisementSteve Smith’s tearful apology for ball-tampering: It hurts and I am deeply sorry”My performance individually has been very good in last few IPLs, also in the domestic tournaments. Not many things will change for me. I’ve been working hard personally. Hopefully I will help the team to win the tournament,” said the 33-year-old who was part of India’s Test team and played the third Test in South Africa recently.”It’s exciting times for all the wicket-keepers,” Parthiv said when quizzed about the options Team India have at present with the likes of Dinesh Karthik also performing well and Wriddhiman Saha around as first-choice in Test cricket.”Look at the competition around, if one gets injured the other is always ready. There’s a line of wicketkeepers in Indian cricket at this point of time.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks down”It brings the best out of us, and we know it. Whoever is playing is capable enough to do well for India. Whoever is playing has to be on top of their game,” Parthiv said, adding competition is always good as it reflects the healthy state of the game in the country.”It’s not easy when you’re playing for India. The competition will always be there. As long as the competition is there, Indian cricket is in good shape.”Parthiv, who made his debut way back in 2002 at Nottingham against England, said keeping won’t be easy when the team travels there in the summer.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more