[caption id="attachment_697448" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Rajasthan-Royals-player-Steven-Smith-in-action21.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-697448 " alt="Steven Smith, IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals, Ball-Tampering" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Rajasthan-Royals-player-Steven-Smith-in-action21.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Following the ball-tampering incident, Steven Smith was banned for a year from IPL 2018 (Image courtesy: IANS)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/rajasthan-royals" target="_blank">Rajasthan Royals</a> Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha on Saturday said that the team will not feel the absence of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith" target="_blank">Steven Smith</a> as a batsman but the stature of the player will be missed. <p></p> <p></p>"When we go to auction, we always look for backups. There are certain players like all-rounders, who you don't have many, that person you will miss, but we have dozens of quality batsman in India. So we will not miss anybody," Bharucha told reporter here. <p></p> <p></p>He added, "Obviously we miss stature of a player like Smith and the quality he brings but as a team, we are absolutely prepared and we obviously got his replacement as Heinrich Klaasen. So, strategically there has been no change." <p></p> <p></p>Australian batsman Smith was to earlier captain the side but was barred from participating in the upcoming IPL season by the BCCI after Cricket Australia (CA) handed him a one-year ban for his role in the massive <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/australia-ball-tampering" target="_blank">ball-tampering scandal</a> in South Africa. <p></p> <p></p>[read-also]697222, 697437[/read-also] <p></p> <p></p>Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane was promoted as the skipper of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) following the ball-tampering fallout. <p></p> <p></p>Rahane did not comment on one-year-ban handed to Smith but added that the former Australian skipper should still be respected as a player for his outstanding cricket figures. <p></p> <p></p>"I just want to say that whatever has to happen happened, Cricket Australia took their decision, ICC they took their decision but it's time to respect Smith as a batsman, as a player and give him that space now," Rahane said. <p></p> <p></p>The IPL 2018 season will begin from April 7. Rajasthan Royals (RR) will play their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 9.