The 28-year-old Zampa, who has 200 wickets in 173 T20s, played only three games for the Royal Challengers in IPL 2020, picking up two wickets.
“We won’t have our full contingent of overseas players available for the first game,” Hesson said in a video posted on the franchise’s Twitter page. “Adam Zampa is getting married. It’s an important time for him and it’s something that as a franchise we are aware of and we respect and we hope he has a great time. So when he joins us, once again he is going to be fresh and make a massive contribution to the rest of the tournament,” he added.
Most of the Royal Challengers’ overseas players including AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell will arrive in India in a staggered manner, depending on their international engagements and also the NOCs from their respective boards.
While some members of the squad have already assembled and quarantining in Chennai, head coach Simon Katich’s arrival from Australia has been delayed due to a documentation issue. The Indian players including skipper Virat Kohli will arrive post the England ODIs, possibly after a short break of a day or two. Players and team staff will have to be quarantined for a week and clear Covid-19 tests before they are integrated into the bio-bubble meaning that many of the Playing XI is likely to train together for the first time only a day or two out from the opener.
“The thing we noticed last year, when you are in the bio-bubble you don’t want to jam-pack everything into the first few days. You want to make sure your culture is quite organic and it’s something that develops and grows as we start to understand and respect that our players have been in bubbles potentially the last 6-8 months and have gone from bubble to bubble,” Hesson said.
“We are making sure we are functioning and firing for the whole tournament and not just push guys for the first game,” he added. The Royal Challengers will start their camp in Chennai on March 29, a day after India’s ODI series against England gets over. (UNI)