A day after IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore announced the signing of Sri Lankan cricketers Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera, it is now being reported that the two players are yet to get their no objection certificates from the Sri Lanka Cricket board.
RCB on Saturday took to social media to announce the signing of Hasaranga and Chameera as the replacement for Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams. The two Sri Lankan players, who put up a spirited performance in the white-ball series against India, had gone unsold in the IPL auctions ahead of the 14th edition.
We have not taken any decision yet: SLC secretary Mohan de Silva
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva revealed that the two players haven't taken the permission from their country's apex cricket board yet to play in the Indian Premier League. He added that the board is also not aware of the signings as well.
"I don't know, I have to check. We are under lockdown till the end of the month," de Silva said as quoted by Cricbuzz.
"We have not taken any decision yet as they will have to apply for the NOCs. We are not aware of these players being selected, neither have they sought permission from us," he added.
It is worth noting that Hasaranga and Chameera are among the 18 players who recently signed central contracts with SLC for the rest of the ongoing year.
IPL 2021 phase 2 to kick off on September 19
IPL 2021 will resume in UAE on September 19 with a match between arch rivals Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. It is worth noting that Royal Challengers Bangalore will play their first match of the second phase of the edition on September 20. They will be up against Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi.
The Virat Kohli-led side has had a great first half in IPL 2021 with five wins from seven matches. They are at the third spot in the points table and are behind second-placed Chennai Super Kings only on the basis of net run rate. RCB will have to deal with a big blow in case Hasaranga and Chameera fail to get their NOCs to play in IPL.