New Delhi - South
Africa's Heinrich Klaasen on Monday replaced Australia's
scandal-tainted captain Steve Smith in the Indian Premier League's
Rajasthan Royals team for the season that starts this week.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Klaasen, who made his one-day and T20 debut
against India in February, was signed from the available player pool in a
$78 000 (R925 000) deal, the IPL said.
The 26-year-old made an immediate impression during South Africa's
recent series against India. He was named man of the match in the second
Smith, 28, and his deputy David Warner were banned by Cricket
Australia for 12 months over a ball-tampering scandal during the recent
third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India also barred them from the IPL.
Smith, who was replaced as the Royals captain, admitted cheating
after fielder Cameron Bancroft was caught on television scuffing the
ball with sandpaper.
Smith returned to Australia after the Cape Town Test and broke down
during a press conference, profusely apologising to his team-mates and
The Royals - winners of the 2008 inaugural IPL - travel to Hyderabad in their opening match on April 9.