Adam Zampa is getting married & so he will miss RCB’s first match in the IPL 2021. The news is confirmed by the franchise’s Director of Cricket, Mike Hesson.
RCB is set to play the tournament opener match against Mumbai Indians on April 9in Chennai. “We won’t have all our overseas players available for the first match of the tournament. Adam Zampa is getting married. It’s a crucial phase for him & it’s something that as a franchise we are aware of & we respect & hope he has a great time. So when he will join us he will be fresh & make a massive contribution to the rest of the tournament”, said Hesson in a video posted on the Official Twitter handle of RCB.
“We have got eight good overseas options & we are making sure that we function for the entire tournament not just trying to push guys for the first game”, he added. RCB will begin its training camp on March 29 for the IPL 2021. Hesson also revealed that AB De Villiers will arrive in India on March 28.
“We have got players arriving all the way through till April 1. Finn Allen will be playing in T20I in New Zealand on April 1 and then he will come the day after… ABD arrives on 28,” he said.
“This year’s IPL is also very different from last year where we had every player of the team together for a long period of time where the guys had not trained or played. So this is absolutely different this time, we got players playing International Cricket here & overseas & domestic cricket for some days. So we have to prepare in different ways”.
The final of the IPL will be played on May 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Playoffs will also be played at the same venue. One of the highlights of this year’s IPL will be the point that all matches will be played at neutral venues & no team will play at their home venue. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage.