IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals To Kick Off Pre-Season Camp On March 25
Rajasthan Royals will kick-off their final camp before the start of IPL on March 25, a report in Sportstar suggests.
The franchise organised a three-day camp in Mumbai last month, but it was a small camp where just a few players took part.
This camp will be the final pre-season camp before the start of the league.
However, the team will miss services of Steven Smith during the camp.
He is currently in South Africa to play four-Test match series against the hosts.
The last Test between Australia and South Africa starts on March 30 and is scheduled to end on April 3.
This means that the captain will miss a major portion of team’s camp.
Ben Stokes will also miss the team’s camp as he is in New Zealand to play Test series.
The second Test between New Zealand and England will also be played from March 30 to April 3, which means that Stokes and Smith will join the camp at the same time.
In fact, Stokes will also leave the team early due to international commitments.
England are scheduled to face Pakistan in the fourth week of May, which means that he will miss the playoff phase of the league if Rajasthan Royals qualify for the second stage.
International commitments saw him missing last year’s final as well.
Before the start IPL, the team recently made few appointments.
Former India spinner, Sairaj Bahutule, has been roped in as the spin bowling coach.
Amol Muzumdar, the former Mumbai batsman, has been appointed as team’s batting the coach.
They were present during team’s three-day camp but were not announced as the coaches then.
The franchise already has Shane Warne as its mentor.
Warne led Rajasthan Royals to a title victory in the inaugural season of the league.
He performed the role of captain and Mentor till 2011.
Rajasthan Royals face Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first game on April 9.
Squad: Steve Smith (retained 12.5 crore), Ben Stokes (12.5 c), Ajinkya Rahane (4 c), Stuart Binny (50 Lakh), Sanju Samson (8 c), Jos Buttler (4.4 c), Rahul Tripathi (3.4 c), D’Arcy Short (4 c), Jofra Archer (7.2 c), K Gowtham (6.2 crore), Dhawal Kulkarni (75 lakh, RTM), Jaydev Unadkat (11.5 crore), Ankit Sharma (20 lakh), Anureet Singh (30 lakh), Zahir Khan Pakteen (60 lakh), Shreyas Gopal (20 lakh), MS Midhun (20 lakh), Prashant Chopra (20 lakh), Ben Laughlin (50 lakh), Mahipal Lomror (20 lakh), Aryaman Birla (30 lakh), Jatin Saxena (20 lakh), Dushmantha Chameera (50 lakh).
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