BCCI confirmed that South African wicketkeeper-batsman, Heinrich Klaasen added to the list of Rajasthan Royals squad for his base price of 50 lakhs rupees for upcoming Indian Premier League 2018 starting April seventh. Smith falls into a ball-tampering controversy that broke in Cape Town and afterward had his IPL contract torn up once Cricket Australia suspended him for a year. Heinrich Klaasen selected from the Registered and Available Player Pool list.
BCCI stated, “The Rajasthan Royals have picked Heinrich Klaasen as the replacement for Steve Smith. The wicket-keeper batsman was picked for INR 50 lakh from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list.”
Heinrich made his debut in recent India’s tour of South Africa and played a key role in pushing India all the way and keeping the T20 series alive later. Heinrich got the Man of the Match award in the ODI series in South Africa.
Heinrich Klaasen said, “I am thankful to the Rajasthan Royals for giving me this opportunity and making me part of the squad. It would be my first IPL and in fact, my first ever visit India, so I am really excited to be teaming up and sharing the dressing room with some great names.” Further, he added, “I have made it my mission to ensure my performance makes a large impact on my team in the tournament”.
Heinrich has played four ODIs for South Africa scoring 110 runs at an average of 36.66 and has also played three T20Is for his country and scored 92 runs at an average of 30.66.