RCB's Hasaranga, Chameera cleared for IPL 2021, likely to miss playoffs

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera have been granted permission to participate in the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which will begin after the conclusion of the series against South Africa. South Africa will play three ODIs and as many T20Is beginning September 2, and the tour will conclude on September 14 with the last T20I.

“The ‘No Objection Certificate’ was provided to the duo for them to join the IPL teams commencing on September 15th (after the conclusion of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka),” according to an SLC statement. “The two players will join the Sri Lanka side on October 10th, 2021, for two warm-up games leading up to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers.”

Royal Challengers signed Hasaranga and Chameera, as well as Singapore-born batter Tim David and English left-arm seamer George Garton, earlier this month as replacements for New Zealand’s Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn, and Australia’s Kan Richardson, Daniel Sams, and Adam Zampa, who will all miss the tournament for various reasons.

While Hasaranga will be playing in his debut IPL season, Chameera was a member of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) squad in 2018 but did not play a single game. Apart from that, the coaching staff has changed, with Simon Katich stepping down as head coach and Mike Hesson, who is now the director of cricket operations, taking on the added job of filling in for Katich.