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RCB release Hasaranga & Chameera from team bubble

The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday released the Sri Lankan duo of all-rounders Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera from the team’s bio-bubble.

After being released, both Hasaranga and Chameera will join their national squad ahead of its Round 1 matches in the men’s T20 World Cup, starting from October 17.

The development also means that Hasaranga and Chameera will not be available for selection in Monday’s Eliminator match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

“Wanindu Hasaranga & Dushmantha Chameera have been released from the RCB bio bubble as they join up with the SL team for their #WT20 qualifiers. We wish both of them the best & thank them for their professionalism & hard work during #IPL2021,” said a tweet by the franchise on Monday.

Earlier, the Lankan duo of Hasaranga and Chameera were signed in as replacement players ahead of the second half of IPL 2021 in place of Australian duo Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams.

While, Hasaranga played two matches for the franchise but ended up with no wickets and could only manage one run with the bat, Chameera didn’t played a signle game for the RCB in the league stage.

Earlier on Sunday, Hasaranga had thanked the franchise for handing him the experience of playing in the IPL.

“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,” wrote Hasaranga on his Instagram account.

Hasaranga’s teammate in Bangalore, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal commented on the post, saying ‘Good luck brotherman.’

In the upcoming T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka, the 2014 champions, are part of Group A alongside Namibia, the Netherlands and Ireland in Round 1 and will begin their campaign against Namibia on October 18 in Abu Dhabi.

The Kohli-led RCB had finished the IPL 2021 league stage at the third place after bagging 18 points in their kitty from 14 games.

Of the 14 games, the Bangalore-based franchise won nine games and lost five to finish a place ahaead of KKR.

KKR, on the other hand, had 14 points after the completion of the league stage as it had won seven games while lost the remaining seven.

While the RCB is yet to lift the coveted trophy, KKR had won the IPL twice in 2012 and 2014.

Both the sides will clash for one final time in the ongoing season in Sharjah on Monday evening. While the winner of the contest will move a step ahead towards the final, the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.

Monday’s winner will next face last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals, which had gone down to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first Qualifier on Sunday, at the Dubai International Cricket stadium in Dubai on Wednesday.

Fire-Boltt ropes in Virat Kohli as new brand ambassador

Fire-Boltt, one of the fastest growing Indian wearable brand,  has roped in India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain and young India’s heartthrob Virat Kohli as its new brand ambassador.

The skipper will participate in different marketing, ad, and endorsement campaigns of the homegrown brand, which as per IDC is driving the Indian wearable market with unprecedented growth numbers. Both Fire-Boltt and Virat Kohli embody an exuberant-yet-strategic approach to emerge as winners, and this is what makes the collaboration a natural unison.

Commenting on the association, Fire-Boltt Co-Founder Arnav Kishore, said: “Virat Kohli is a role model for not just Indians but cricket lovers around the globe. His mention alone can inspire millions to chase their dreams and aspirations, and we decided to join hands with him in sync with our vision of an evolved lifestyle for all countrymen ushered in by lifestyle devices such as a smartwatch.”

“Just like a cellphone in every hand is a reality today, we want a smartwatch on every wrist in wake of the new normal. People need to keep a tab on their health even while on the go and there can be no better enabler than smartwatches,” he added.

The Indian cricket skipper too echoed the sentiments about the health concerns for people.

Referring to the collaboration, he said: “Fire-Bolttas a brand personifies energy, dynamism, and vibrancy, all of which has actually been a driving force in my sporting as well as a life journey. The fact that the company is at the helm of history being scripted in the Indian wearable space makes me proud as an advocate of Vocal for Local and Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

Interestingly, Fire-Boltt had a few months earlier brought on board Bollywood star Vicky Kaushalas its first brand ambassador. The company also recently announced its plans to go global in a big way, however, details of the same are yet to be unveiled.

Fire-Boltt is a wearable, gaming, and audio brand offering a bouquet of premium quality audio, fitness, and fashion products powered by cutting-edge technology. The wide array of products by Fire-Boltt includes Smartwatches, Bluetooth earphones, Bluetooth headphones, True Wireless Earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, Sound Bars, lifestyle shoes, etc.

Founded by two young and enthusiastic entrepreneurs Arnav Kishore and Aayushi Kishore, Fire-Boltt’s tech-powered products are among the bestsellers on offline as well as leading e-commerce platforms such as Amazon. The promoters have had a strong DNA of wearable technology for many years and their vision is to become a homegrown brand of recall in the wearables, gaming, and audio space.

Notably under Kohli, the RCB have entered the Playoff of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in their second last contest of the league stage on Wednesday.

Kohli has been in terrific form this season as he has amassed 357 runs from 12 games so far in the season. With a top score of 72 not out, he has averaged 32.45 and has slammed three half-centuries in the process.

Kohli to step down as RCB captain after IPL 2021

After announcing to quit the Team India captaincy in the shortest format of the game, Virat Kohli has now decided to step down from his role as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the completion of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Kohli, one of the most decorated players of the franchise, will continue to be part of the RCB squad.

Announcing the move, Kohli said in a statement: “It has been a great and an inspiring journey, captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCB management, coaches, support staff, players, and the entire RCB family, who have been instrumental in the growth of the franchise over the years. It wasn’t an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise.”

“The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously in many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket,” he added.

On the other hand, Prathmesh Mishra, Chairman, RCB said, “Virat Kohli is one of the finest cricketers, and has been a true asset to RCB. His impeccable work ethics and leadership skills has been phenomenal. We respect and support this decision and would like to thank Virat for his incredible contribution to the RCB leadership group.”

“He has left an indelible mark on the franchise and will continue to be a senior member of the team,” he added.

Notably, Kohli has led RCB in 132 matches since being announced as the captain of the side in 2013, which is the second-most number of appearances as a captain in IPL after MS Dhoni’s 196 for Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants.

Under Kohli, RCB won 60 matches, lost 66 and four ended with no result.

Under the run-macine, RCB’s best finish in an IPL season came in 2016 when they reached the final however, went down before Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the summit clash.

Earlier on September 16, Kohli had announced to step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in the UAE next month.

Taking to the micro-blogging website, the run-machine tweeted: “I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward.”

Kohli said he has had lengthy discussions with head coach Ravi Shastri and opener Rohit Sharma before coming to the conclusion that he needs to concentrate more on ODI and Test cricket both as a batsman and as captain to take the team to new heights.

“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” he added.

Kohli also said that he has informed about his decision to the Indian board.

“I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability. I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn’t have done it without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kohli said that he will continue to serve the national team as captain in the Tests and ODIs.

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Manimaran Siddharth ruled out of UAE leg

Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a jolt ahead of the start of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as their left-arm orthodox bowler Manimaran Siddharth has been ruled out of the tournament after he picked up quadriceps strain during the training session in Dubai.

Issuing a statement, the franchise said: “JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced that left-arm orthodox bowler Manimaran Siddharth has been ruled out of the VIVO IPL 2021 due to an injury. The 23-year-old incurred a quadriceps strain during training in Dubai.”

After the development, DC announced left-arm medium-pacer Kulwant Khejroliya as Siddharth’s replacement.

“Left-arm medium fast bowler Kulwant Khejroliya has been named as Siddharth’s replacement for the remainder of the season. Khejroliya, who is already part of the Delhi Capitals team bio-bubble as a net bowler, has taken 17 wickets in 15 T20 matches at an average of 23.29. The 29-year-old represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2018 and IPL 2019 seasons, taking three wickets in five IPL matches,” it said.

“The Delhi Capitals support staff is currently overlooking Manimaran Siddharth’s rehabilitation programme in Dubai. He will be heading back to India in a few days where he will continue to undergo rehabilitation. The Delhi Capitals franchise wishes him a speedy recovery,” the statement concluded.

Earlier on Monday, DC had announced Australian pacer Ben Dwarshuis as a replacement for Chris Woakes for the upcoming remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

Woakes, the England all-rounder who had picked five wickets in three matches in the first half of the IPL 2021 season, has reportedly out of the tournament citing personal reasons.

In the recent times, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments or injuries.

Recently, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had announced Bengal cricketer Akash Deep as the replacement for all-rounder Washington Sundar, who was forced to be ruled out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.

The franchise said that Sundar had picked a finger injury in England.

While the Virat kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR had earlier acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

The 14th edition of the cash-rich league will resume with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.

The season was earlier forced to be postponed in May this year due to the emergence of Covid-19 cases among the players and support staffs inside the bio-bubble.

The BCCI had later, shifted the remaining part of the season to the UAE.

With six wins from eight games during the first half of the 2021 season, Delhi Capitals, the last season’s runners up, sits at the first place in the eight-team standings.

Delhi’s star opener Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter at present after amassing 380 runs from eight innings, with a decent average of 54.29.

On the other hand, Delhi’s pacer Avesh Khan is second amongst wickets in the league’s table after 14 scalps from eight games, with an economy of 7.70.

Delhi will resume their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on September 22.

IPL 2021: RCB to don special blue jerseys to honour frontline Covid warriors on Sep 20

The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be donning special blue coloured jerseys in their match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on September 20 to honour the efforts of the frontline warriors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Notably, RCB’s contest against KKR will be the Virat Kohli-led side’s first match in the second half of the 2021 season in the UAE.

“Honoured to wear Blue for RCB on 20th September, to pay tribute to frontline warriors who have worked selflessly leading this fight against the Covid pandemic wearing blue PPE kits,” RCB skipper Virat Kohli said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The tweet was accompanied by a video where Kohli and his RCB teammates expressed their views regarding the role of the frontline Covid warriors and the need to support them.

Usually, RCB dons a special green jersey for one match during a season to promote its Go Green initiative however, this time the franchise has decided to support the Covid frontline warriors.

“Instead of our flagship Go Green match initiative this season, RCB is going to be sporting a special blue in one of the upcoming matches, with key messaging on our match kits to show solidarity and support to our frontline warriors,” Kohli added.

The RCB skipper also revealed that his franchise has decided to make a financial contribution to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Significantly, the special blue colour in the jerseys resembles the colour of the PPE Units that the frontline Covid warriors wear.

Moreover, the back of jerseys will sport special social messages supporting the war against Covid-19.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

IPL 2021: Franchises pool in to fly in players from CPL, SL-SA series

In a bid to fly in their respective players from the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Sri Lanka-South Africa series into the UAE for the upcoming second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, the eight franchises have reportedly decided to pool in and get the players as quickly as possible.

As per reports, one charter plane will carry the players from CPL while the othe one will fly players, who are currently participating in the Sri Lanka-South Africa series.

In the first game of the second half, both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have their key currently participating in these two tournaments.

While CSK will have Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir (all CPL) and Lungi Ngidi (SL-SA series), MI will have Kieron Pollard (CPL) and Quinton de Kock (SL-SA series).

The players coming from these two tournaments will have to undergo two-day isolation before they join their respective team bubbles.

The players will not be asked to quarentine for six days as it will be a bubble to bubble transfer.

The players will however, be tested for Covid-19 after the two days and before they join their respective team bubble.

Recently, India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, who both represent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), landed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the second leg of the tournament on a charter flight from London.

The franchise informed that the charter flight was arranged by them after the fifth and final Test between India and England was cancelled at last minute after the visitors were unable to field a team after the Indian camp was hit by Covid-19.

Earlier, the BCCI had announced that every player coming to UAE from the UK would have to undergo six days of hard quarantine before they could join the existing team bubbles for the resumption of the 2021 IPL edition.

Significantly, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg in May first week.

Later on May 29, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) remaining matches will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” a statement from the Indian Cricket Board had said.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the board also spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.

“The BCCI SGM further authorised the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the statement had said further.

At present, Delhi Capitals (DC), the last season’s runners-up, is placed at the top of the IPL 2021 points table with six wins from eight games and 12 points in their kitty.

DC is followed by CSK, RCB and MI at the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The next four places are occupied by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has managed just a solitary win from seven games it played in the first half.

With 380 runs, DC’s Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in the tournament while RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts for leading wicket-takes after scalping 17 wickets from seven games so far.

IPL 2021: RCB arranges charter flight for Kohli, Siraj to fly UAE

India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj, who both represent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), will reach the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a charter flight from London, the franchise has announced.

The duo will reach Dubai on Sunday morning on a flight arranged by their franchise.

“Keeping the safety and security of our players as the utmost priority, Royal Challengers Bangalore have arranged a special charter flight for captain Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj to ensure their safe transit to the UAE,” said RCB in a statement on Saturday.

“The players will be flying out at 11.30 PM (UK time) on Saturday and will arrive in Dubai early Sunday morning. Both, Virat and Siraj will undergo 6-day quarantine in Dubai before joining the team bio-secure bubble,”it added.

Earlier, the fifth and final Test between India and England, that was scheduled to begin on Friday, was cancelled due to the emergence of a Covid-19 case in the Indian camp as assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar had tested positive a few days after head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar had tested positive.

The Kolhli-led RCB are currently placed third in the IPL 2021 points-table with five wins from seven go games so far.

Kohli and his men will resume their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on September 20.

Recently, the RCB HAD announced that all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, starting September 19 in the UAE.

Sundar had picked a finger injury in England and named Bengal cricketer Akash Deep as the replacement for the all-rounder.

RCB have also signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Earlier, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately in May, this year due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg.

Later, the BCCI had announced that the remaining matches of the 14th season of the tournament be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of September-October.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced to complete the remaining matches of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 season in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) considering the monsoon season in India in the months of September-October this year,” said a statement from the Indian Cricket Board in May last.

“The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) held virtually, where members unanimously agreed to resume IPL,” the statement had added.

IPL 2021: Akash Deep to replace injured Washington Sundar in RCB squad

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday announced that all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, starting September 19 in the UAE.

The franchise said that Sundar had picked a finger injury in England and named Bengal cricketer Akash Deep as the replacement for the all-rounder.

“Royal Challengers Bangalore’s all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of the Vivo IPL 2021 due to a finger injury. Akash Deep, a state cricketer from Bengal and net bowler with the franchise has been named as replacement,” the statement read.

Akash Deep, 24, made his T20 debut in March 2019.

“The move reiterates the focus RCB has on grooming and nurturing young players as the team continues to develop exceptional talents and create a pathway for young talents to find their way into IPL and Indian Cricket,” the statement added.

Akash has scalped 21 wickets in the shortest format of the game.

Notably, Sundar had featured in 42 IPL matches, picking up 27 wickets at a decent economy rate of a little over 6. He kicked-off his IPL career with Rising Pune Supergiant before being acquired by RCB in IPL 2018 auctions.

Later in the 2021 auctions, RCB once again fetched Sundar for Rs 3.2 crore.

The Virat Kohli-led RCB will resume their campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on September 20.

Raelier, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments or injuries.

Apart from RCB, Rajasthan Royals (RR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)have announced replacements in their respective squads recently.

While the Virat kohli-led RCB have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR have acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Malan’s side PBKS have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

IPL 2021: Committed to play for Punjab Kings, says England’s Dawid Malan

The 14th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to get underway from September 19 in the UAE and amid the uncertainty over the availibility of foreign players, England batsman Dawid Malan has ensured that currently he is committed to feature for Punjab Kings (PBKS) when the season resumes.

Earlier, the lucrative league was forced to be postponed midway in May this year due to the rising number of Covid cases inside the tournament’s bubble.

Later, the BCCI decided to host the remainder of the league in the UAE however, the second leg posed a major challenge before the organisers as various overseas players already had packed international commitments.

After the IPL, the T20 World Cup will get underway in the UAE and with the Ashes also scheduled this year, the England players, who will be a part of all the three tournaments will have to stay in the bio-bubble for a longer period of time.

However, if they pull out of the IPL and do not get selected for either of the two events – the T20 World Cup and the Ashes, it would mean they missed out an opportunity to feature in the world’s most popular T20 league beside suffering financially.

Commenting on it, Malan termed it as a tough situation for the players. He meanwhile, ensured that at this point, he was committed to play for PBKS.

“It’s quite a tough schedule. The only guarantee we have at the moment is IPL – we don’t know if we’re going to the World Cup and we don’t know if we’re going to the Ashes, so it leaves us in quite a tough situation,” Malan said after the end of second day’s play of the ongoing third Test against India.

“Say you give up the IPL and you don’t get picked for either of the England squads, then you’ve given up the IPL. Or if you go to the IPL and then you get selected after you’ve gone to the IPL then you’re sat in the bubble for five and a half months. So it’s a tricky situation. Hopefully, we can get some answers and we can find some time to get a rest out of these bubbles,” he added.

“I think all possibilities are open, at the moment I have committed to the IPL, nothing will change at the moment and if things do change maybe we can reassess but at the moment I have committed to the IPL,” he signed off.

Significantly in the recent times, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments.

Franchises like the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)have  announced replacements in their respective squads recently.

While the Virat kohli-led RCB have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR have acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Malan’s side PBKS have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

Despite tough times, ECB’s senior executives to share 2.1 million pound bonus

Despite job cuts within the organisation due to the Covid pandemic, senior England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) executives including chief executive officer Tom Harrison and managing director of The Hundred competition Sanjay Patel, are all set to share 2.1 million pound bonus amount.

As per a report in The Guardian newspaper, CEO Harrison, who was paid £5,12,000 last year despite voluntary pay cut, and Patel are among the recipients of the bonus money.

Notably, there were as many as 62 job cuts last year in the ECB.

ECB chairman Ian Watmore said the executives are being rewarded for their good work amid the pandemic.

“Long-term incentive plans are widely adopted across many sectors, including sports federations, as a way of rewarding long-term performance of executives and leaders as well as encouraging retention. The ECB’s LTIPs were created to take us through the negotiations of the last media rights cycle, the implementation of the Inspiring Generations strategy and the first two years of its delivery,” Watmore said.

“The performance of the ECB’s leadership across the pandemic has been exceptional and they were among the first to commit to significant voluntary pay and incentive cuts in 2020. The LTIPs began in 2017 and will mature in January 2022. The board is considering what, if anything, will replace them from 2022 onwards,” he added.

On the other hand, Harrison said that the current year has seen improvement.

“(The losses last year were) punishing for the game. There’s an impact on our ability to do all of the things we wanted to do… including infrastructure funds, and plans for increasing the [ECB] reserves have suffered a setback,” Harrison was quoted as saying in the paper.

“This year has so far been a good recovery. Given limited crowds for the Blast and early season audiences there will still be a significant impact on the county game. But it feels like we are emerging from the Covid crisis,” he added.