Mike Hesson has been named head coach
Three new players have joined Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Mike Hesson has been named head coach. Simon Katich, the RCB coach, resigned down due to personal reasons, and Hesson, who had been serving as the Director of Cricket Operations, took over.
In addition, in the second leg, RCB will be without Finn Allen, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Scott Kuggeleijn. In addition, three replacements for IPL 2021 Phase 2 have been announced by RCB.
“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 Head coach until the end of the current season, in addition to his existing role of Director of Cricket,” Rajesh Menon, Vice President and Head of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) said.
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka's premier spinner, has been brought in to replace Adam Zampa. The Australian chose not to participate. Daniel Sams, another Australian, has also withdrawn, and has been replaced by Dushmantha Chameera of Sri Lanka. Tim David of New Zealand will be the other batsman to arrive, replacing fellow Kiwi Finn Allen, who has committed to participating in New Zealand's next series against Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Mike Hesson is pleased with the team's evolution. “We have made some changes to the squad pertaining to the situation. We have come a long way and have shown steady progress as a team. The addition of Wanindu Hasaranga, Tim David and Dushmantha Chameera couldn’t have come at a better time during the replacement window, as we aim to continue with the momentum, building on our performance from earlier this year,” the Kiwi said.
Meanwhile, on August 21, the Indian players, support personnel, and team management will gather in Bengaluru. During this time, the team will be quarantined for 7 days and tested for Covid-19 for 3 days. Aboard August 29, the squad will fly out of Bengaluru on a chartered flight. The rest of the foreign players and personnel will arrive in the UAE on August 29. Following their arrival in the UAE, they will be quarantined for another six days.
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