Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa is getting married and will miss Royal Challengers Bangalore's opening IPL match against defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 9, the team's director of cricket Mike Hesson said on Wednesday.
"Adam Zampa is getting married... We won't have our full contingent of overseas players available for the first game," Hesson said in a video posted in Twitter.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update as promised to all our <a href="https://twitter.com/RCBTweets?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RCBTweets</a> fans....we will keep them coming during the build up to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IPL2021?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IPL2021</a> whenever possible ..... <br>.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PlayBold?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PlayBold</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IPL?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IPL</a> <a href="https://t.co/N7NUbf0aYz">https://t.co/N7NUbf0aYz</a></p>— Mike Hesson (@CoachHesson) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoachHesson/status/1374575505412792322?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The 28-year-old Zampa, who has 200 wickets in 173 T20s, played just three matches and took two wickets last season in UAE.
"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," Hesson said.
"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 will begin their camp in Chennai on March 29, a day after India's ODI series against England gets over.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli and others who are part of India's ODI squad in Pune will have a bubble-to-bubble transfer without having to serve the seven-day quarantine.
Rest of the members will arrive in batches.