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IPL 2021: Rajasthan drop Smith, name Samson as skipper; Mumbai release Malinga

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New Delhi: Rajsthan Royals released their captain Steve Smith and named Sanju Samson as skipper for the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday.

India spinner Harbhajan Singh has confirmed that he has been released from his Chennai Super Kings contract and thanked fans and management for giving him a chance to represent the franchise.

CSK however has reportedly retained batsman Suresh Raina, who is one of the most successful batsmen for CSK in IPL history.

Rajsthan Royals released their captain Steve Smith and named Sanju Samson as skipper for the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) on Wednesday.

They have also roped in Kumar Sangakkara as director of operations.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) released Shivam Dube.

The off-spinner represented the franchise in IPL 2018 and 2019 but, like Raina, pulled out of the 2020 edition.

The 40-year-old office took to Twitter on Wednesday to show his gratitude to the fans and the franchise where he spent three seasons.

“As my contract comes to an end with @ChennaiIPL, playing for this team was a great experience..beautiful memories made &some great friends which I will remember fondly for years to come…Thank you @ChennaiIPL, management, staff, and fans for a wonderful 2years.. All the best,” Harbhajan wrote in a tweet.

The CSK, one of the most successful franchises of the IPL, had the worst season in 2020 when they finished 7th.

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