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Here’s Why Adam Zampa Will Not Play First RCB Game Of IPL 2021

Here’s Why Adam Zampa Will Not Play First RCB Game Of IPL 2021
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Adam Zampa will be missing the first game of Royal Challengers Bangalore of IPL 2021. Reportedly, the leg-spinner is getting married which is why he will not play the first match for Virat Kohli’s side.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore team director of cricket Mike Hesson informed in a video released by the franchise that Zampa will not be playing the first RCB match of IPL 2021. “We won’t have our full contingent of overseas players available for the first game,” Hesson said. “Adam Zampa is getting married. It’s an important time for him and it’s something that as a franchise we are aware of and we respect and we hope he has a great time. So when he joins us, once again he is going to be fresh and make a massive contribution to the rest of the tournament.”

Zampa has 200 wickets in 173 T20s. He played only three games for the Royal Challengers in IPL 2020 and took two wickets. This year RCB will be opening their campaign with the tournament opener on April 9 against Mumbai Indians. The match is scheduled to be played without audience in Chennai.

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Hesson further informed, “We have got players arriving all the way through till 1st of April, which is where we get the NOCs for some of the overseas players, particularly those who are playing. Finn Allen is playing in T20s in New Zealand on the 1st of April; he will be coming the day after. We have got Australians who play up to 31st, likes of Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson. They then jump on a plane and come. ABD [de Villiers] arrives on 28th.”

Hesson admitted that pulling everything together could be little difficult but need to consider all the factors. “I see it as a jigsaw puzzle, pulling everything together. Those guys who haven’t been playing a huge amount of cricket, it [the quarantine period] will benefit them. Those who have, I think seven days will be great for them just to refresh,”

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He added, “So we have got players arriving at different times and we have to factor that into our preparation, which will include some practice games heading into our first game on 9th.”

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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