Only BCCI can answer why I didn’t play IPL last year: Steve Smith

first_img Press Trust of India JaipurMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 19:56 IST Steve Smith said he was excited for IPL 2019 and was looking forward to the tournament. (@rajasthanroyals Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith is back for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019Smith did not play the IPL last year after the ball-tampering banSmith’s one-year ban for ball-tampering ends on March 29The BCCI had acted voluntarily while banning Steve Smith and David Warner from last edition of IPL on ball tampering charges and the former Australian captain said that only the Indian board can answer why panned out that way.Cricket Australia’s one year ban was from international cricket and the duo were well within their rights to a play domestic T20 league like IPL but the richest cricket board in the world decided to impose their own sanctions.Smith, whose one-year ban ends on March 29 will be available for Rajasthan Royals’ first game on March 25 but it will depend on the condition of his elbow.”I am available for all the matches and BCCI has to answer that why I was not allowed to play earlier,” Smith took a dig at the BCCI during a promotional event on Friday.Speaking after the jersey launch ceremony, Smith said that he was looking forward for the tournament.”It is exciting to be back on field and I am looking forward to the tournament,” he said during the announcement of JK Lakhsmi cement as one of the sponsors for Royals.With his international ban set to end on March 29, Smith will be eyeing good IPL in order to make it to the World Cup squad.Also Read | Steve Smith’s elbow injury lot worse compared to David Warner: Dean JonesAlso Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPL 2019Follow BCCI Only BCCI can answer why I didn’t play IPL last year: Steve SmithIPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals’ Steve Smith did not play IPL last year after BCCI ruled him and David Warner out due to ball-tampering bans.advertisementlast_img read more

UN Rights Council appoints final member on panel to investigate purported Gaza

In a statement released today, the Council’s President, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced that Mary McGowan Davis (United States) will join William Schabas (Canada) and Doudou Diène (Senegal) whose appointments were announced on 11 August. The previously appointed Amal Alamuddin (United Kingdom) was unable to serve due to prior commitments.Ms. Davis is from the United States and has served as a Justice for the State of New York and as a federal prosecutor during the course of a 24-year career. She also has extensive experience in the fields of international human rights law and has served as Chair on a UN Committee tasked with following up on the findings of the Gaza conflict that occurred between December 2008 and January 2009.The Independent International Commission of Inquiry – launched by the Human Rights Council on 23 July – is charged with investigating human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in particular the occupied Gaza Strip. It plans to investigate all violations of human rights and humanitarian law since the current military operations began in mid-June.As it stands now, the cumulative death toll among Palestinians stands at 2,076. Some 1,454 – 70 per cent – are believed to be civilians, including 491 children and 253 women, according to the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Out of the 2,076 killed, 253 are believed to be militants, and the status of a further 369 killed Palestinians is still to be determined.Meanwhile, UNRWA said today that its schools along with Government-run schools are not ready for the new school year in Gaza, which was set to begin yesterday. More than 200 schools which were affected by shelling need to be repaired, including 22 which have been completely destroyed. In the meantime, UNRWA said its TV station will run education programs at emergency shelters and will expand psychosocial work with humanitarian organizations. read more