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IPL 2018: Kusal Perera to replace David Warner in SRH squad, Heinrich Klaasen can become Royal


Star Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera may replace David Warner in SunRisers Hyderabad squad for the eleventh edition of Indian Premier League. And the 27-year-old South Africa’s wicket-keeper batsman, who wasn’t even on the 578 list of players who went under the hammer in the much-talked-about IPL auction, may replace Steve Smith in the RR squad.

As per a report published in Times of India, Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals has suggested Klaasen’s name while Kane Williamson’s SunRisers Hyderabad have shown interest to sign Perera.

“The Royals are looking to sign Klaasen as the replacement for Steve Smith. They might be looking at other cricketers as well. But this is what the franchise has shown interest in right now,” a top IPL official was quoted as saying by TOI.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cricket Australia had banned Steve Smith and David Warner for 12 months in the wake ball tampering during their four-Test match series against South Africa. Following CA’s decision, BCCI had banned the duo from this year’s IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan Arman, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Kane Williamson, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Tanmay Agarwal

Rajasthan Royals: Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror