Steve Smith, RR skipper and David Warner, SRH skipper respectively, were banned from participating in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) by IPL commissioner Rajiv Shukla, after their involvement in ball tampering scandal and subsequent bans levied on them by Cricket Australia.
RCB wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel was asked by reporters during an event about the effect of this call on IPL 11.
He said, "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.”
On being asked about the severity of punishment handed to Smith and Warner, Parthiv said, "I don't think I'm in a position to speak on what has happened. The ICC and CA have taken decisions."
"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.
"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 keeper said.
"It's exciting times for all the wicket-keepers. 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,” he said when asked about the option currently available to Team India in terms of wicket-keeping.
"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.
Parthiv concluded, "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."
(With inputs from IANS)