Dubai: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday released Sri Lankan all-rounders Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera from the team’s bio-bubble. Both Hasranga and Chameera are on their way to join their national squads ahead of their Round 1 matches in the men’s T20 World Cup starting October 17. Also Read – IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Will Be Remembered As One Of The Greatest Finishers Of All Time – Delhi Capitals Coach Ricky Ponting
This means Hasaranga and Chameera will not be available for selection in Monday’s Eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah. “Vanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera have been released from the RCB bio bubble as they join the SL squad for their #WT20 Qualifiers. We wish both the best and thank them for their professionalism and hard work during #IPL2021,” said a tweet by the franchise on Monday. Also read- IPL 2021 | MS Dhoni is different, lucky to see him bat: Prithvi Shaw
Vanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera have been dropped from RCB’s bio bubble as they join the SL squad. #wt20 qualifier
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 11 October 2021
Hasaranga and Chamira were included as replacement players for Australian pair of Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams ahead of the second half of IPL 2021. Hasranga took no wickets against his name in the two matches in the UAE and scored only one run with the bat. Chamira, on the other hand, did not participate in any of Bangalore’s matches in the league stage. Also Read – MS Dhoni’s Match Winning Knock Against Delhi Capitals That Jumped Virat Kohli From His Seat. watch video
On Sunday, Hasranga thanked the franchise for the IPL experience. “Here’s saying my heartfelt thanks and wishing my family/team mates at @royalchallengersbangalore all the best for the playoffs. Maybe this is the year we’ve won it all. The experience has been amazing in everything from the team to the management. We have a strong bond of brotherhood and friendship here. I am really grateful for this opportunity. Well go RCB,” Hasranga wrote on his Instagram account.
Hasaranga’s fellow leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in Bangalore commented on the post saying, ‘Good luck brotherman.’
Sri Lanka, the 2014 Men’s T20 World Cup champions, are part of Group A along with Namibia, Netherlands and Ireland in Round 1. He will start his campaign against Namibia in Abu Dhabi on 18 October.