The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the Eliminator game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday announced that they have released Sri Lankan duo Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera from the RCB bio-bubble. This was done so that the players can join the Sri Lankan squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers.
Hasaranga and Chameera were roped in by the Virat Kohli-led franchise ahead of the UAE leg of IPL 2021. While Hasaranga, who made his IPL debut this year, featured in two matches for the side, Chameera did not get an opportunity to play any match.
Hasaranga was bought by the franchise as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa on the back of some impressive international performances ahead of the resumption of IPL 2021. However, the leg-spinner could not register any notable performance in the two appearances he made for the team this season. He bagged zero wickets while scoring a single run in one of the matches.
After leaving the bio-bubble, Hasaranga penned down an emotional message on his Instagram handle, thanking the franchise for the opportunity of representing the team.
“Here’s saying a heartfelt thank you and wishing my family/team mates at @royalchallengersbangalore all the best for the playoffs. This is probably the year we win it all.
“This experience has been amazing, from team to management to everything. There is a strong bond of brotherhood and friendship we share here. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. Go well RCB 💪 #waniya#wanindu49,” he wrote.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup kicks off on October 17, just a couple of days after the IPL 2021 Final. Sri Lanka will play its first qualifier against Namibia in Abu Dhabi on October 18, while the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 Eliminator clash in Sharjah on Monday.
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