Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kick-started their preparations for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019) with a five-day conditioning camp under the guidance of chief coach Gary Kirsten and bowling coach Ashish Nehra. Eight domestic players joined the RCB camp at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.

The players include Prayas Ray Burman, Milind Kumar and Shivam Dube, who was grabbed by RCB in IPL auction 2019 for whopping Rs 5 crore.

Uttar Pradesh captain Akshdeep Nath, Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube, talented Delhi batsman Himmat Singh and seamer Kulwant Khejroliya, Tamil Nadu's Washington Sundar and Devdutt Paddikal from Karnataka joined the camp.

The camp is focused on active fitness drills for conditioning and strengthening under the guidance of their trainers AI Harsha, Evan Speechly and Shravan Kumbagowdana, a press note from the RCB said.

The two coaches, Kirsten and Nehra, will be monitoring the progress of the players and a Yo-Yo test will also be conducted to get the hang of their fitness.

IPL 2019 will start on March 23. However, full schedule is yet to be finalised.