RCB’s Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson will be available for selection against KKR

Bangalore defeated Mumbai by 2 wickets in the tournament opener

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Australian recruits Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson will be available for selection for their clash against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday (April 18). Prior to locking horns against KKR, RCB will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday (April 14) as they look to continue their winning run in IPL 2021.

The Virat Kohli-led sid defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by 2 wickets in the tournament opener. Both Zampa and Richardson had missed that game and would also miss their upcoming clash against SRH. Zampa missed the game due to personal reasons, while Richardson was due to fulfill his quarantine protocols upon reaching India.

“We won’t have our full contingent of overseas players available for the first game. 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,” RCB’s Director Mike Hesson had previously said.

“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,” he had added.

With their squad further boosted by the availability of Zampa and Richardson, RCB will be looking to extend their impressive start to the season. The three-time finalists are eyeing their first-ever IPL title. RCB are one of the only three sides who are playing in the IPL since 2008 but are yet to win the title.

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