Rajasthan Royals to be based in Cape Town

Indian Premier League Champions Rajasthan Royals on Friday announced that it will be based at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town in their preparations for the IPL in South Africa starting April 18.

Rajasthan Royals signed strategic partnership agreements with South African Pro 20 Champions Nashua Cape Cobras as well as Western Province Cricket Association, owners of Sahara Park Newlands, to this effect.

The two teams will play against each other on April 11 and 12 in an exciting two match 20-20 “Clash of the Champions” tournament as a great curtain raiser for the IPL.

Both teams have also agreed to work together on future joint cricketing and sponsorship opportunities to further sporting links between India and South Africa.

The partnership will also see the two teams embarking on player exchanges to develop young talent and collaboration of the management teams to share best practices.

Manoj Badale, Chairman and co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, said, “We are delighted to be working with the Nashua Cape Cobras at Sahara Park Newlands during our IPL tournament preparation. It’s a great venue, and the ‘Clash of the Champions’ will be an exciting contest.

“It is the first time the Royals have played since winning the IPL Tournament and it will be great to see the team back in action,” Bedale said.

South Africa captain and Rajasthan Royals player Graeme Smith said, “I can’t wait to see the Royals in action at Sahara Park Newlands. It is great that the IPL is coming to South Africa, and the ‘Clash of the Champions’ between the IPL Champions and the Pro 20 Champions is a great curtain raiser for the IPL 2009 season and an event not to be missed.”

Andre Odendaal, CEO of Cape Cobras, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting the Royals at home and the start of what we hope will be a long standing partnership.”

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