Oshane Thomas and Evin Lewis will join Rajasthan Royals for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 as replacements for Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.
While Stokes has taken a mental health break, Butler has decided to skip the tournament as he awaits the birth of his second child. Stokes had announced his decision to take a break in July while Buttler featured in the first three Tests against India and will now skip the fourth Test to be with his wife.
Thomas has featured in four IPL matches so far – for Royals – and has bagged five wickets. Lewis has had a longer run in IPL – for Mumbai Indians – having scored 430 runs from 16 matches.
Royals had earlier announced South Africa leg spinner and World No. 1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi as a replacement for Andrew Tye while Glenn Phillips was brought in for Jofra Archer. Royals are fifth in the table with three wins from seven matches.