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Adam Zampa replaces Kane Richardson in Royal Challengers Bangalore squad
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Adam Zampa replaces Kane Richardson in Royal Challengers Bangalore squad

Adam Zampa has been roped in as a late replacement for Kane Richardson in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.

Richardson has reportedly opted out of the tournament to spend time with his wife as the couple is expecting their first child soon.

Richardson and Zampa both are currently in England as part of Australia's white-ball squad for the T20I and ODI series against the hosts set to begin on September 4.

"We’re thrilled to welcome Adam Zampa in RCB colours. He replaces Kane Richardson. Let’s #PlayBold Adam Zampa," RCB's official Twitter handle posted. "The RCB family is excited for Kane and his wife who are expecting the birth of their first child and respect his decision to pull out of the tournament."

Zampa went unsold at the IPL auction held last year in December whereas Richardson was bought by RCB for INR 4 crore, more than double his base price.

Zampa has previously played 11 IPL games across two seasons in 2016 and 2017 for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant, picking up 19 wickets at an average of 14.63.

He continues to be a pivotal member of Australia's limited-overs set-up and would bolster RCB's spin bowling department alongside the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali and Washington Sundar.

Royal Challengers' head coach Mike Hesson had earlier expressed his concern over the scarcity of wrist-spinners in the squad, which might explain the team management's decision to call up Zampa in place of the unavailable Richardson.

"We feel we've got a lot of bases covered in the spinning department but obviously just got the one leg spinner," Hesson had said.

Zampa will join Aaron Finch and Joshua Philippe as the Aussie players in the RCB line-up for this edition of the IPL scheduled to start on December 19 in the UAE.

The trio will fly to the Arab nation directly from England in order to link up with the side, though it is not yet confirmed whether they will have to undergo mandatory quarantine or not considering they will be coming from a bio-secure environment.