Both BBL and IPL are great but the crowd is amazing in India, says Steve Smith
"It is great to be back around the team."
Updated - Mar 20, 2019 3:05 pm
This year marks the international return of the star cricketing duo David Warner and Steve Smith. The pair’s 12-month ban due to the ball-tampering incident ends in a couple of weeks and they’re all set to make their international comebacks. Meanwhile, both Warner and Smith have come down to India to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL), that starts on March 23.
Earlier, the cricketer duo met with the Australian team in Dubai, over the weekend in order to discuss things with teammates and staff right before they’re incorporated in the squad again. While Smith and Warner won’t be featuring in the upcoming five-match ODI series against Pakistan, in the UAE, they said they were welcomed back into the international setup. The series starts on March 22.
The former Aussie captain Steve Smith has been recovering from the elbow surgery that he underwent earlier this year, in January. Meanwhile, he is all set to return in action in the 12th edition of the IPL with his franchise, the Rajasthan Royals (RR), and is hopeful to do wonders with the bat in the league. Last year in 2018 he was banned by his team, that first bought him in 2014, over the ball-tampering episode.
IPL over BBL for Steve Smith
However, he was retained in the auctions for the 2019 IPL edition. Steve Smith, who has joined the RR camp, is all excited to take the field after having a great net session with the Royals. According to the Rajasthan Royals’ official website, Smith said on Tuesday, 19 March, “Both BBL and IPL are great leagues but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here (India) because the crowd is so amazing and you get a chance to play with and against the best players in the world.”
He signed off by saying, “It is great to be back around the team. I went to the (Sawai Mansingh) ground and everything looks in great shape. The boys are training hard and I can’t wait to take the field.” While CSK vs RCB, on March 23, will mark as the series-opener, RR will start their IPL 2019 campaign against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The venue will be the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, on 25 March.