The inaugural winner of the IPL 2018 Rajasthan Royals have retained 16 players ahead of the IPL auctions for 2019 season including Australia’s banned Steve Smith, while releasing D’Arcy Short, Jaydev Unadkat and Heinrich Klassen.
The inaugural winner of the IPL 2018 Rajasthan Royals have retained 16 players ahead of the IPL auctions for 2019 season including Australia’s banned Steve Smith, while releasing D’Arcy Short, Jaydev Unadkat and Heinrich Klassen.

The inaugural winner of the IPL, Rajasthan Royals, have retained 16 players ahead of the IPL auctions for 2019 season including Australia’s banned Steve Smith, while releasing D’Arcy Short, Jaydev Unadkat and Heinrich Klassen.

The likes of Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal have been retained.

Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals, commented on the retained players, “The results in the previous season have been impressive and that is why we have decided not to disturb the balance of the squad. We cannot wait for the start of the 2019 season and preparation has already begun.”

With a lot of back and forth and deliberations on the vision ahead for the Royals, the team decided to release Short along with right-arm fast-medium bowler Ben Laughlin and Klaasen.

Chinaman Zahir Khan from Afghanistan along with Dushmantha Chameera from Sri Lanka have also been released.

Speaking of the released players, Lead Owner for Rajasthan Royals, Manoj Badale said, “After analysing our performances of 2018 and plotting our vision for the season ahead, we have decided to release a few players from our squad. We are grateful for their exceptional effort during the tournament last season and wish them success in their future endeavours, whilst they will always continue to be part of the extended Royals family.”

The Indian names released by the team are Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma and Jatin Saxena.

Retained players:

Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi