Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera have been signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 season, but Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva stated the two had yet to receive clearance from their board.

“Until the end of the month, we’re on lockdown. We haven’t made a decision yet because they’ll need to apply for NOCs. We are not aware that these guys have been chosen, and they have not approached us for approval,” de Silva said.

The two were not sold in the IPL auction but have now been added as replacements for Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams of Australia. Hasaranga and Chameera were bought for a base price of Rs 50 lakh each. Hasaranga is one of the best young spinners in the world right now, and in the recently finished India series, the leggie took 10 wickets in five games and was instrumental in Sri Lanka’s series victory. In the T20I series against India, Chameera took four wickets but never gave away more than 6 runs per over in any of the games.

George Garton, the left-handed pitcher who helped the Southern Brave become the first-ever champions of the Hundred, has also been taken in by the franchise. Garton’s inclusion is contingent on the IPL governing council’s permission. 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.

After the IPL concludes in 2021, the board wants its players to be fit and ready for the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held in the UAE and Oman. The second half of the IPL will begin on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. In the first half of September, Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and as many T20Is against South Africa.