• Klaasen joins AB at RCB

    The Royal Challengers Bangalore purchased Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen at Tuesday’s Indian Premier League auction.

    Klaasen will play alongside former South African captain AB de Villiers at the Royal Challengers, who also bought West Indian batsman Simron Hetmyer at Tuesday’s sale in Jaipur.

    The hard-hitting Klaasen played for the Durban Heat in the recent Mzansi Super League. The franchise ended at the bottom of the inaugural tournament’s six-team standings.

    ‘Bangalore is a special place, a second home, really,’ De Villiers was quoted as saying by IOL ealier this year.

    ‘I played my 100th Test there, and obviously RCB is a massive part of my life. India as a country has taken me in, and it’s hard to explain what that feels like. I will keep on playing IPL for a few years.’

    Fast bowler Dale Steyn, and batsmen Reeza Hendricks and Hashim Amla, meanwhile, went unsold at Tuesday’s event in Jaipur.

    Steyn represented the Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in previous editions of the IPL, but failed to secure a franchise for the 2019 tournament.

    He impressed for the Cape Town Blitz in the recent Mzansi Super League.

    Hendricks struck consecutive centuries for the Jozi Stars in the recent MSL, while Amla endured a poor stretch of form for the Durban Heat.

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