Sanju Samson has appointed the Rajasthan Royals skipper for IPL 2020. The franchise also announced the arrival of Kumar Sangakkara as the director of cricket operations. Earlier, the 2008 champions, announced that Steve Smith will no longer play for RR. Rajasthan finished with a wooden spoon in IPL 2020 under Smith's captaincy.
Smith played all 14 matches in UAE, he managed to score only 311 runs at a strike rate of 131, with impressive performances in the first two games of the league stage. Speaking to , sources in the Rajasthan Royals franchise confirmed the development and said that it was a decision taken on the final day before submitting the list to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)."Yes, Smith has been released. It went down to the wire, to be honest. We had discussions on the matter and the call was taken today itself," the source explained. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra was also of the view that the Royals need a new captain for IPL 2021.“