HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli to join the squad on April 1.
  • In the city, the RCB will play their initial set of matches, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament opener on April 9 against Mumbai Indians.
  • Kohli would have to undergo the compulsory week-long quarantine put in place by the IPL.
  • On Monday, in Pune Kohli quit the bubble, after India’s ODI series against England, which got over on Sunday.
  • According to the IPL guidelines, the players are allowed to travel between bubbles to skip the quarantine and start training.

Two days after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) begins their training camp in Chennai, Captain Virat Kohli will join the squad on April 1. In the city, the RCB will play their initial set of matches, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament opener on April 9, against defending champions Mumbai Indian.

In the wake of the pandemic, Kohli would have to undergo the compulsory week-long quarantine put in place by the IPL as a part of the rules to operate in the bio-secure environment. In Pune, the RCB Captain quit the bubble on Monday, after India’s ODI series against England, which got over on Sunday.

Ahead of the England series, since the end of January, Kohli has been a part of each of the four Tests, five T20s and three ODIs. Kohli will now be a part of his IPL franchise set-up within two days of India finishing their International home assignments.

Covid19 pandemic has posed a challenging environment, in that context, on Sunday, immediately after winning the ODI series in Pune, Kohli underlined the need for administrators to look at the scheduling, keeping in mind the movement of players from one bubble to another.

Post-IPL, the schedule continues to be hectic, as India will enter a bubble soon after ahead of their departure to England in June for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.

Kohli said, “Sometimes you do get cooked and you do feel like a bit of a change. I am sure things will be discussed and things will change in the future as well. But a different tournament brings fresh challenges heading into the IPL.”

Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj, on Monday afternoon, flew from Pune to Chennai. They will start training on Tuesday. According to the IPL guidelines, the players are allowed to travel between bubbles to skip the quarantine and start training.

In the previous 2020 IPL tournament, RCB bagged the fourth position and the team had arrived in Chennai. The team members that already arrived last week included, the team director Mike Hesson, Sanjay Bangar, (appointed as an assistant coach from this season), along with fast bowler Navdeep Saini.

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