Curran and Klaasen set for IPL stints in place of Starc and Smith

Rajasthan Royals draft in Heinrich Klaasen for the banned Steve Smith, while Tom Curran is Mitchell Starc's replacement at Kolkata Knight Riders


Kolkata Knight Riders have signed Tom Curran

Tom Curran and Heinrich Klaasen have received late summons for this year's Indian Premier League.

Curran, the England seamer, will turn out for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 competition, replacing the injured Mitchell Starc.

Starc had previously been ruled out of the tournament due to a tibial bone stress problem, which kept him from playing in Australia's fourth Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Curran made his England T20I debut against South Africa in Taunton last year and has 53 T20 wickets to his name at an average of 27.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have moved to replace Steve Smith following the former Aussie captain's 12-month ban from the sport.


Rajasthan Royals have signed Heinrich Klaasen

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Klaasen steps into Smith's shoes, linking up with the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler at the Royals.

Klaasen boasts a superior T20 average and strike rate than Smith over the course of his career.

"Klaasen is an amazing player of spin. And he has a vast array of shots, which tempted us to go for him. He plays the reverse sweep very well, something that will be quite useful in the IPL," head of cricket Zubin Bharucha told TOI.

Klaasen said: "It would be my first IPL and in fact my first ever visit to India so I am really excited to be teaming up and sharing the dressing room with some great names.

"I have made it my mission to ensure my performance makes a large impact for my team in the tournament."



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