Rajasthan Royals replace Smith with Klaasen

Updated: 03:24 GMT, Apr 3, 2018 | Published: 11:30 GMT, Apr 2, 2018 |

Rajasthan Royals have announced South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen as the replacement for their banned skipper Steve Smith, BCCI confirmed on April 2 (Monday).

Smith, who admitted to pre-meditated ball tampering in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, was handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia and subsequently, BCCI barred him from participating in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. Royals then announced Ajinkya Rahane as their captain for IPL 2018.
Klaasen, who made his international debut against India earlier in the home season, showed his clean-hitting abilities against spin in the four ODIs and three T20Is he played – a reason Royals’ Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha singled out as thedeciding factor in picking the South African wicketkeeper-batsman over others.

“Klaasen is an amazing player of spin. And he has a vast array of shots, which tempted us to go for him. He plays the reverse sweep very well, something that will be quite useful in the IPL,” Bharucha told TOI, admitting that the way Klaasen handled Indian spinners Yuzuvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav tilted the scales in his favour.

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