The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will start from September 19. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have reached the UAE. At the same time, the Royal Challengers Bangalore team will leave for the UAE on August 29 following a major restructuring. The team provided this information on its Twitter handle. RCB have joined the Sri Lankan all-rounder, Hasaranga, Dushmant Chamira and Tim David.
Indian players and staff from Bangalore team will meet on 21st August. After this, all players complete a weekly quarantine and undergo a Kovid test for three days. On August 29, the team will fly to the UAE on a Chartday flight. Vanuandu Hasaranga has been named in the RCB squad as Adam Jampa’s replacement. Hasaranga’s performance in the ODI and T20 series against India was very impressive. Hasaranga took 3 wickets in ODIs and 7 wickets in three T20s. Jampa has decided not to play in the remaining matches of the IPL in the UAE. At the same time, Singapore’s batsman Tim David has been replaced by Finn Allen in the RCB squad. Allen has been selected in the New Zealand squad for the series against Bangladesh, due to which he will not be available for the IPL.
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Fast bowlers Ken Richardson and Daniel Sams have also decided to stay away from the tourney. Bangalore’s performance in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was excellent and the team won 5 out of 7 matches. Recently, Punjab Kings have added Australian emerging fast bowler Nathan Ellis to the squad for the second phase of the IPL 2021. Ellis has been inducted into the squad following the withdrawal of Rickey Richardson and Riley Meredith from the tourney.