Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will start their preparations for the tenth edition of the cash-rich cricket league here from Saturday.
The KKR side, however, were dealt a major blow after their star recruit New Zealand’s Trent Boult recently sustained an injury during the Kiwis ongoing Test series against South Africa at home.
The left-arm seamer who was roped in by KKR for a whopping five crores failed to recover in time from the groin injury that forced him out of the second Test, won by the Proteas in Wellington last weekend.
Meanwhile, skipper Gautam Gambhir is slated to join the men in purple on Monday.
The likes of Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot and Sayan Ghosh will assemble on Saturday along with assistant coach and former Australia southpaw Simon Katich. Head coach Jacques Kallis will join the side later due to personal reasons, it was learnt.
KKR will begin their campaign with an away match against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on April 7.
Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions will begin their preparatory camp under new head coach and former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene from Saturday.
The nine-day preparatory camp led by Rohit Sharma, will continue at the Wankhede Stadium till April 2, after which the team will travel to Pune to start their campaign against Pune Rising Supergiant on April 6.
Jayawardene will be joined by the existing team of support staff including Robin Singh (batting coach), Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach), Shane Bond (bowling coach), Paul Chapman (trainer) and Nitin Patel (physio).
Rohit , who was ruled out of the upcoming Deodhar Trophy after a minor knee injury will attend the camp along with his India teammates Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
The trio will be joined by the team’s latest picks in Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Tiwary along with the retained players Jagadeesha Suchith, Vinay Kumar, Nitesh Rana, Deepak Punia and Jitesh Sharma.
Nicolas Pooran, the 21-year-old West Indian is the first International player to join the camp while the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Asela Gunarathne, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Tim Southee, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons will follow in the coming days.
Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya and Kulwant Khejroliya will join the camp after the Deodhar Trophy, which starts in Visakhapatnam from Saturday.