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IPL: This South African will replace Smith at Rajasthan Royals

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Last updated on: April 02, 2018 14:45 IST
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Heinrich Klaasen

IMAGE: Heinrich Klaasen celebrates completing his half-century. Photograph: BCCI

South Africa wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen will replace banned Australian Steve Smith in the Rajasthan Royals team for this year's Indian Premier League, organisers said on Monday.

Former Australia captain Smith and his deputy David Warner were handed 12-month bans by Cricket Australia for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.


The pair have also been banned from this year's IPL starting on Saturday with a match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and twice winners Chennai Super Kings.

Klaasen was bought for a modest Rs. 50 lakh (US $77,000) to replace Smith whom Rajasthan had retained for Rs. 12 crore to lead the side in the eight-team tournament. India middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane will captain the side.

Klaasen, 26, has played four one-day and three Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa, all against the visiting Indian side last month.

Warner, who quit as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain following the scandal in South Africa, has been replaced by England opener Alex Hales in the IPL side.

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