Adam Zampa Wedding: Just when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) could have done with a full roster, comes a piece of bad news.
RCB’s director of Cricket Mike Hesson revealed via the Franchise’s Twitter page that Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa won’t be available for the IPL 2021 season opener against Mumbai Indians.
Zampa joined Virat Kohli’s RCB last season and had a good impact on the team. That’s why he was retained ahead of the IPL 2021 as Kohli and team management hope to get the best out of Australia’s experienced bowler.
Hesson confirmed that the 28-year-old is set to tie the knot and won’t be available for selection for the first match in the IPL 2021.
“We won’t have our full contingent of overseas players available for the first game,” Hesson was quited as saying on RCB’s Bold Diaries.
“Adam Zampa is getting married. 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.”
Due to Covid-19 related issues, players and the assorted staff will be joining the team camp in a staggered manner.
Some Indian players have already set their bases up and are quarantining in Chennai, but head coach Simon Katich is facing documentation issues and is yet to join the team.
Captain Virat Kohli is likely to be given a couple of days’ break post the IND vs ENG ODI series, while AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell are likely to join the team around April 1.
“The thing we noticed last year, when you are in the bio-bubble you don’t want to jam-pack everything into the first few days. You want to make sure your culture is quite organic and it’s something that develops and grows as we start to understand and respect that our players have been in bubbles potentially the last 6-8 months and have gone from bubble to bubble,” Hesson said.
“We are making sure we are functioning and firing for the whole tournament and not just push guys for the first game.”
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