New Delhi, Nov 16: Steve Smith will lead Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming edition of IPL, the franchise announced on Friday.
Ahead of IPL 2020 auction, RR released the Ashton Turner, Oshane Thomas, Shubham Ranjane, Prashant Chopra, Ish Sodhi, Aryaman Birla, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Liam Livingstone, Sudheshan Midhun from their squad. Apart from Steve Smith, RR retained the key players including Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomror, Varun Aaron, Manan Vohra for the next season.
Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab retained 14 players and released seven ahead of the auction for the 2020 VIVO Indian Premier League.
KXIP retained players including KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar and Murugan Ashwin.
The likes of Varun Chakravarthy, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Simran Singh, David Miller, Moises Henriques and Agnivesh Ayachi were released by KXIP.
Earlier, Jagadeesha Suchith and Krishnappa Gowtham were included into Kings XI Punjab via trade. (UNI)