The Sri Lankan all-rounder, Wanindu Hasaranga, and the fast bowler, Dushmantha Chameera are two essential players of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team of the Indian Premier League. As every team is preparing hard for the second phase of IPL 2021, these two players have been granted the NOC certificate from the Sri Lankan cricket board to take part in the tournament that commences from September 19th.
Both Hasaranga and Chameera played the limited-overs game against India last month as the Sri Lankan team returned back home with disappointment after losing 7 wickets and winning the T20 series for 2-1.
After their ODI and T20I games against South Africa, the two players are free to join their IPL teams on September 15th. However, their permission for the IPL has been granted only till October 9th, post which they have to join the Sri Lanka national team for their warm-up sessions for the T20 World cup that commences from October 17th.
Well, due to the tight schedule these two players will miss the playoff games of the IPL and RCB must be prepared with a backup plan. This issue was noticed last week as the two weren’t having the board’s permission nor did they know about the signings.
“The permission for the players was granted by the SLC in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee. The ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the duo was issued for them to join the IPL teams starting from 15th September (after completing the South Africa tour of Sri Lanka). The two players will join the Sri Lanka squad on 10th October 2021 to play in the two warm-up games prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers,” the SLC official statement read.
Currently, RCB is in third place on the points table after winning five out of seven games. On September 20th, RCB will lock horns against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai. Virat and team must think of two replacements who will be apt to play the games from the play-offs.