Mumbai: Newly-appointed Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane is excited to lead the side in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning next month.
Rahane replaced Steve Smith who stepped down on Tuesday over the ignominious ball tampering scandal that has rocked the world of cricket.
"I am very excited to captain the team that I have always considered as my family. I would extend my thanks to the entire management of Rajasthan Royals for having shown the trust in me and considering me for this role," 29-year-old Rahane was quoted as saying in a media release issued in Mumbai.
"I am thrilled to be back with the Royals again and I am ready to get to work and do all that I can, to ensure we go all out and give our best. We won't miss a beat as we gear up for yet another exciting IPL season in a few days from now," the Mumbai batsman added.
Rajasthan Royals are coming back to the IPL after serving a two-year ban. In the last IPL, Rahane had played for the Rising Pune Supergiant.
"I would also like to thank the fans and followers who have stood by us and I look forward to their continued support for Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming season," he added.
Rajasthan Royals will begin their campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on 9 Aprill.
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Players and support staff will have to return two negative tests before flying to the UAE for IPL 2020, and three more before they can begin training inside the bio-secure bubble.
While announcing the dates of the IPL, its chairman Brijesh Patel had told PTI that the decision on letting in fans during the 19 September- 8 November event will be taken by the UAE government.
The IPL will start in the UAE from 19 September and the final will be held on 8 November with three stadiums —Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi hosting 60 games over 51 days.