Rajasthan Royals retain Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler for 2021 IPL season
England stars Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler have been retained by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League season.
The three World Cup heroes will join up with the IPL franchise in April for a fourth successive season.
Jos Buttler, one of the most destructive T20 batsmen in the world, will be playing for the Royals in his 6th IPL season. Looking ahead to the tournament, Buttler said: “I am delighted to be playing for the Rajasthan Royals for a fourth year. It’s an exciting group to be part of with a great team spirit. I can’t wait to link up with the boys again, we are more determined than ever to be successful and make the Royals' fans proud.”
The English trio will be looking to build on some positive performances from last season’s tournament where Archer secured the Most Valuable Player award, while Stokes hit a memorable unbeaten century to lead the Royals to victory over the Mumbai Indians.
Manoj Badale, Lead Owner for Rajasthan Royals, added: “We are excited to again be working with Ben, Jos and Jofra – under the new leadership of Sanju Samson. At the Royals we underperformed last season, given the potential of our playing group. We have an opportunity to correct that for our fans, and play to our potential – individually and collectively.”
Meanwhile Tom Curran, another member of England’s World Cup winning squad, has been released by the franchise. Curran was acquired in the 2020 auction to provide competition amongst the overseas players, with the 25-year-old’s finest display coming when he hit an unbeaten 54 against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Royals have also appointed Sanju Samson as the skipper for the upcoming edition of the IPL, taking over the captaincy reins from Steve Smith, who leaves the franchise. Smith took the captaincy role in 2019 and helped lead the group to some good results in the final phase of the season.
The Royals are appealing to England fans to join their ranks of supporters for the 2021 IPL season. In March 2019 the franchise became the first Indian Premier League team to launch an academy in the UK. ‘The Rajasthan Royals UK Academy’ at Reed’s School in Surrey provides opportunities for students to attend camps in India and gain insights from Indian experts, with four young cricketers making the trip to the team’s training camp in Nagpur in January last year.
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