In what could be a bit of a setback for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the upcoming IPL 2021, they could miss the services of their Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa for some of the matches.
The IPL 2021 begins on April 9 and RCB will face-off against Mumbai Indians (MI), the defending and five-time champions, in the tournament opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The training camps of almost all the teams have begun for a few players while the others are either on their way to reach India or are serving a mandatory quarantine period before joining the team.
The RCB team is also waiting for its top players to join their training camp in the first week of April. However, it seems they will miss the services of Adam Zampa for the tournament opener for the least.
Adam Zampa Is Getting Married: RCB Director Of Cricket Mike Hesson
The reason for Adam Zampa to miss the tournament opener and possibly a handful of matches at the start for RCB was revealed by the Director of Cricket Operations of RCB Mike Hesson. Zampa is getting married and Hesson mentioned that most of RCB’s overseas players are available for them ahead of their opening game.
“We won’t have our full contingent of overseas players available for the first game. Adam Zampa is getting married. That’s an important time for him. Something as a franchise we are aware of, we respect and hope he has a great time. So when he joins us, once again he will be fresh and makes a decent contribution for the rest of the tournament,” he said in a video posted on RCB’s official Twitter handle.
Our International Players Will Be Coming To India In A Staggered Manner: Mike Hesson
Furthermore, Hesson clarified when the international players of RCB will arrive in India, which depends on their national commitments and NOCs from respective cricket boards. Most of the Royal Challengers’ overseas players will arrive in India in a staggered manner and will have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine period before joining the squad.
“We have got players arriving all the way through till 1st of April, which is where we get the NOCs for some of the overseas players, particularly those who are playing. “Finn Allen is playing in T20s in New Zealand on the 1st of April; he will be coming the day after. We have got Australians who play up to 31st, likes of Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson. They then jump on a plane and come. ABD [de Villiers] arrives on 28th,” Hesson confirmed.
The Royal Challengers will start their camp in Chennai on March 29, a day after India’s ODI series against England gets over. The RCB players involved in the England ODI series will be hopping from one bubble to another won’t have to serve the quarantine.
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RCB’s IPL 2021 Camp and Player Availability
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— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 24, 2021