IPL: What did India captain Rahane say on RR suspension?

Harare, July 17: India's stand-in ODI captain Ajinkya Rahane, who plays for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has said his focus is on national duty at the moment and not on the news of RR's suspension.

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On Tuesday (July 14), the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha committee handed 2-year suspensions to RR and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Also, Gurunath Meiyappan (CSK) and Raj Kundra (RR) were banned for life for betting on IPL matches in 2013.

File photo: Rahane batting for RR at IPL

Rahane, who is part of RR franchise, seemed unfazed by the latest developments ahead of India's opening Twenty20 International game against Zimbabwe.

"My only focus is on these two T20s - I'm not thinking about the IPL," Rahane was quoted as saying on Thursday (July 16) on the eve of the match.

"If you represent your country, your only aim is to give your best for your country and win matches for them," he added.

He continued, "We were completely focused on the third ODI on Tuesday, and with the T20s we'll just focus on the game. We want to give our best against Zimbabwe and win both games."

From the suspended franchises, Rahane, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Dhawal Kulkarni (all RR) and Mohit Sharma (CSK) are currently in Zimbabwe with the Indian team.

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