RCB rope in Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera for IPL 2021

RCB rope in Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera for IPL 2021

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Australia’s Singapore-born Tim David also added to the squad; Katich steps down as head coach, Hesson to fill in for rest of season

The Sri Lankan pair of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera, as well as Australia’s Singapore-born Tim David, have joined Royal Challengers Bangalore ranks for the second part of IPL 2021. While those are the additions, some players will be missed too: New Zealanders Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn, and the Australians Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams and Adam Zampa.
That aside, there’s been a change at the top among the coaching staff, with Simon Katich stepping down from his position as head coach, and Mike Hesson, at present the director of cricket operations, taking on the additional responsibility of filling in for Katich.

The second leg of the IPL will begin in the UAE on September 19. Part of the RCB contingent – the India players, aside from those on national duty in England – will gather in Bengaluru this weekend, and serve a week-long quarantine. Then, on August 29, they will then fly to Dubai via chartered flight. The overseas players and support staff will join them there, and the full contingent will undergo a further six days of quarantine.

Rajesh Menon, vice-president and head of RCB, told the media as much on Saturday: “Indian players, minus the players in England, will be assembling in Bangalore today. Following that we will have a seven-day quarantine, and have three Covid Tests in that period. Then we leave in a chartered flight on August 29.

“Overseas players and support staff will start coming in on August 29, and they will also have a six-day quarantine in the UAE.”

RCB will resume their season on September 20, against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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