Bengaluru: Two-time IPL runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have departed for Dubai from Bengaluru on Sunday ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE. They become the sixth franchise to leave for the gulf country ahead of the start of the tournament on September 19.
The franchise posted pictures on social media before the team boarded the flight to Dubai. “The RCB family en route UAE! (aeroplane sign) (UAE flag). Bring on #IPL2021 (punch emoji). #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #TravelDay," wrote the franchise.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 29, 2021
Indian pacer Navdeep Saini tweeted a picture of him with his RCB teammates Devdutt Padikkal and Shubhang Hegde, captioning it ‘back benchers’. Other members like Mohammed Azharuddeen and Sachin Baby shared their pictures from the flight.
The Indian players along with support staff and management underwent a six-day quarantine in Bengaluru from August 21. After landing in Dubai, the team will undergo another six days of quarantine before hitting the ground for training.
The franchise has signed Sri Lankan duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera apart from Singapore’s Tim David and England’s George Garton as replacement players. With Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn unavailable for the second leg of IPL 2021, the quartet was roped in as replacements by RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will resume their campaign in IPL 2021 on September 20 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. They are currently at third place in the points table with five wins and two losses in seven matches.
Punjab Kings Also Leave for UAE
Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) IPL 2014 runners-up Punjab Kings have left for Dubai from Mumbai on Sunday. After reaching the city, they will undergo the mandatory six-day hotel quarantine before starting their training for the second leg of IPL 2021.
The franchise took to social media to share the pictures of their players Shahrukh Khan, Mandeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, head coach Anil Kumble and batting coach Wasim Jaffer in travel gear inside the flight before taking off for Dubai. “Time to TAKE OFF! (aeroplane sign) #SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings #IPL2021," read the caption on the post.
On Saturday, the Indian players, support staff and management of the team had assembled in Mumbai before their departure to UAE. Punjab will be the fifth franchise to land in the gulf country ahead of the remaining matches of IPL 2021.
Earlier, Punjab had signed Australian pacer Nathan Ellis and England spinner Adil Rashid as replacements for Australian pace duo of Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith for the UAE leg of IPL 2021. This will be the first stint in the IPL for both Ellis and Rashid.
Punjab is currently ranked sixth in the points table with three wins and five losses in eight matches. They will start their IPL campaign against Rajasthan Royals on September 21 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.