Ahead of the resumption of Season 14 of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) announced changes to the squad as the team gears up for the action in the UAE this September. Former Australia player Simon Katich has stepped down as head coach of the IPL side due to personal reasons and as part of the team’s business continuity plan, Mike Hesson will step in and discharge the duties of Head Coach for this season, in addition to his existing role of Director of Cricket Operations, RCB.
Speaking about the resumption of the IPL 2021, Rajesh Menon, Vice President and Head, Royal Challengers Bangalore, in a virtual press briefing, said, “As the season resumes in the UAE, it’s going to be an exciting chapter ahead. Simon Katich has decided to step down as the head coach of RCB, we would like to thank Katich for his work during his time at Royal Challengers and wish him success in the future. In the interim, Mike Hesson will step in and discharge the duties of the head coach until the end of the current season, in addition to his existing role of Director of Cricket.”
Rajesh Menon also announced that Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga will be part of RCB for the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE. He replaces Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga was the player of the series in the recently concluded Sri Lanka-India T20I series, taking 7 wickets in 3 matches at an economy rate of 5.58.
Another Sri Lankan, Dushmantha Chameera confirmed his place in the Bengaluru side. The fast bowler replaces Daniel Sams. Tim David, who is no stranger to the T20 format, replaced Finn Allen at RCB for the remainder of the season.
After tasting success in T20 leagues around the world, hard-hitting batsman and handy bowler Tim David will now test his skills in IPL.
The Indian players, support staff and the team management will be assembling in Bengaluru on Saturday, following which the team will undergo 7 days of quarantine and will Covid tests for 3 days during the period. The team will then depart via a chartered flight from Bengaluru on August 29. The other international players and staff will assemble in the UAE starting August 29 onwards. There will be another 6 days of quarantine in the UAE.
Royal Challengers Bangalore resume Season 14 of the IPL on September 20 as they square off against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
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