Royals sign Ranji pacer Chahar and opener Aakash Chopra

The Royals, winners of the cash-rich T20 League in its inaugural season in 2008, have also signed up two other Rajasthan Ranji players -- former India under-19 captain Ashok Meneria and Dishant Yagnik, a media release said today.

The Jaipur franchise have already successfully bid for lanky pacer Pankaj Singh, one of the architects of Rajasthan's entry into the ongoing Ranji Trophy final against Baroda at Vadodara and their leading wicket-taker in the championship.

Royals CEO Sean Morris expressed his happiness at signings the players and said it marked the franchise's commitment towards Rajasthan cricket.

"We are delighted to announce the signings of the Rajasthan players. It underlines our commitment to cricket in the state of Rajasthan and we will continue to work closely with the local Cricket Associations who have done such a fine job of developing these players.

"We see huge opportunity for our local players to further improve their skills through joining the IPL team full of international stars who will only add to their cricketing experience," he added.

Rajasthan Cricket Association President and Union Minister C P Joshi and its secretary Sanjay Dixit also welcomed the signings of the Rajasthan Ranji team members.

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