IPL 2021: Hasaranga replacing Zampa as RCB head coach, Mike Hesson takes over

Simon Katich, the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has stepped down due to personal reasons

NEW DELHI Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made changes to the team ahead of the start of Season 14 of the IPL 2021, as the club prepares for action in the UAE in September.

Due to personal reasons, news agency ANI reported, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Simon Katich has stepped down as the IPL team’s head coach.

As part of the team’s business continuity plan, Mike Hesson will take over as Head Coach for the remainder of the season, in addition to his existing role as Director of Cricket Operations, RCB.

‘IPL 2021 promises to be an exciting chapter’

Rajesh Menon, Vice President and Head, Royal Challengers Bangalore, stated in a virtual news conference regarding the IPL 2021 restart that as the season begins in the United Arab Emirates, it promises to be an exciting chapter.

He also disclosed that Simon Katich has chosen to stand down as RCB’s head coach while thanking Katich for his efforts and wishing him best of luck for his future endeavors.

Mike Hesson will now take over as head coach until the end of the current season, in addition to his present position as Director of Cricket.

Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanidu Hasaranga will join RCB

Wanidu Hasaranga, a Sri Lankan all-rounder, will join RCB for the second leg of the IPL 2021 in the UAE, according to Rajesh Menon. He takes over for Adam Zampa.

In the recently ended Sri Lanka-India T20I series, Hasaranga was named player of the series after bagging 7 wickets in three matches at an economy rate of 5.58.

Dushmantha Chameera, another Sri Lankan, has cemented his spot in the Banglore side. Daniel Sams is replaced by the quick bowler.

Tim David, a veteran of the Twenty20 format, took over at RCB for the balance of the season. Tim David, a hard-hitting batsman and handy bowler who has seen success in T20 leagues throughout the world, will now put his abilities to the test in the IPL.

Quarantine process to be followed in view of pandemic

The Indian players, support personnel, and management will meet in Bengaluru on Saturday, after which the team will be quarantined for seven days and subjected to three days of Covid testing.

On August 29, the team will fly out of Bangalore on a chartered airline. The rest of the foreign players and personnel will arrive in the UAE on August 29. In the UAE, there will be additional six days of quarantine.

On September 20, Royal Challengers Bangalore will play Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, kicking off Season 14 of the IPL.

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