Rahane: India completely focused on cricket


India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane says he and his side are focusing on the upcoming two T20 matches against Zimbabwe and not on their futures in the IPL.

While the Asian team were preparing for Friday's first T20 in Harare, the Justice Lodhar Committee announced that two franchises, Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, have been suspended from the IPL for two years for corrupt activities in 2013.

Rahane is one of four Rajasthan players in current squad, along with Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni and Sanju Samson while Mohit Sharma plays with the Super Kings.

Speaking in Harare on Thursday, Rahane said: "My only focus is on these two T20s – I'm not thinking about the IPL. If you represent your country, your only aim is to give your best for your country and win matches for them."

While the case was happening back home in India on Tuesday and Wednesday, Rahane and his troops were playing the third ODI against the Zimbabweans, which they won to complete a series whitewash.

When asked if their minds were on the verdicts being handed out, Rahane said: "No not at all – we haven't discussed anything. 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."