IPL 2021: Virat Kohli’s RCB to begin camp on March 29, Mike Hesson confirms

IPL 2021: Mike Hesson takes over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) coach as Simon Katich steps down citing personal reasons;
IPL 2021: Mike Hesson takes over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) coach as Simon Katich steps down citing personal reasons;

IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will begin its preparatory camp for the IPL 2021 season on March 29 in Chennai ahead of their opening match against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on April 9. The franchise’s Head of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson said in a tweet, posted by RCB on Wednesday morning.

Many RCB players have already begun their quarantine in Chennai and will join the camp following negative COVID-19 RT-PCR tests.

“It’s very different than last year where we had everybody for a long period of time. This is quite different. We got players playing international cricket, here, overseas, domestic cricket overseas and domestic cricket here up until a handful of days ago. So, we had to prepare in a slightly different way,” Hesson said.

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Amid a global pandemic and packed cricket calendar, RCB have had to prepare for the IPL 2021 with mini camps. Earlier this month, led by Sanjay Bangar, RCB’s domestic players underwent a mini-camp with match simulations and short training sessions.

“It is like a jigsaw puzzle pulling everything together. But yes, we are keen to get started as those guys haven’t been playing a lot of cricket. The players from international cricket were left alone, we’ll get them along in due course,” Hesson added.

Key player AB De Villiers will arrive on March 28. Richardson and Daniel Sams will be available from March 31 while Finn Allen will come after playing a match on April 1.

Mike Hesson further said that he is not pushing all 8 overseas players to be available for the opening fixture. But, he is hopeful of having all of them for the rest of the season, which will be depend on ‘call of time’, depending on international fixtures.

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He said that international players will join via bubble-to-bubble transfer after a couple of days at home. Every player needs to undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine. He also informed that spinner Adam Zampa is getting married so the franchise wants to provide him some time.

Hesson is looking forward to Shahbaaz Nadeem and Harshal Patel’s performance as they were quite impressive in the last season. Also, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp will also focus on the bigger picture with plenty of youngsters in their lineup.