Adam Zampa: The Australian leg-spinner has been ruled out of their first match of Indian Premier League 2021 in Chennai.
Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore Director of Cricket Mike Hesson has opened up on the arrival date of both their Indian and overseas players for the upcoming 14th season of the tournament.
Speaking in a video posted across their social media accounts, Hesson reveals that the franchise will begin an almost full-strength training camp from March 29.
A lot of RCB’s Indian players and support staff have already started to assemble in Chennai, where Bangalore will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 season opener on April 9. All the individuals will undergo a seven-day quarantine period in Chennai before the camp.
As far as the players who are currently part of the Indian ODI team, they won’t have to quarantine for they will be moving directly from one bubble in Pune to another one in Chennai. RCB’s overseas players including head coach and former Australia batsman Simon Katich will reach Chennai in the next week or so.
Why will Adam Zampa miss IPL 2021 season opener in Chennai?
It was during the same video that Hesson confirmed that Australia spinner Adam Zampa will be missing the season opener against Indians as he is slated to get married then. Hesson subsequently hoped for a “massive contribution” from Zampa once he joins the squad sometime next month.
“We won’t have our full contingent of overseas players available for the first game. Adam Zampa is getting married,” Hesson said. “It’s an important time for him and it’s something that as a franchise we are aware of and we respect and we hope he has a great time. So when he joins us, once again he is going to be fresh and make a massive contribution to the rest of the tournament.”
RCB’s IPL 2021 Camp and Player Availability
When’s the pre-season camp starting? When are the overseas players arriving? On @myntra presents Bold Diaries, Mike Hesson leaves no room for speculations ahead of #VivoIPL2021.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 #Classof2021 pic.twitter.com/yxBFNYVwW8
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 24, 2021
Zampa, who had replaced fellow Australian Kane Richardson in IPL 2020, had picked two wickets in three outings at an economy and strike rate of 8.36 and 33 respectively last season.