The Chennai Super Kings, preparing for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, suffered a setback early on. It is clear that many of the foreign players will not be able to arrive on time, raising concerns that this could affect the team’s readiness. Faf Du Plessis, the South African player who is scheduled to arrive in the UAE on September 1, has informed that he will arrive late as the birth of the second child is expected to take place at this time. There is also uncertainty about the arrival of pace bowler Lungi Ngidi to accompany Du Plessis.
All three players from Chennai, who play in the Caribbean Premier League, which starts in Trinidad on August 18, are expected to arrive late. West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo, South Africa’s Imran Tahir and New Zealand’s Mitchel Santner play in the CPL. New Zealand head coach Stephen Fleming, Australian batting coach Mike Hussey and all-rounder Shane Watson will arrive in Chennai on August 22 to leave for the UAE.
Meanwhile, the team management plans to start the pre-season camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on the 15th of this month. Earlier, the management team had stopped the camp team in Chennai in the wake of the Corona crisis. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and others who were in the camp at that time returned home. The IPL will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. The team will take part in a short-term training camp before leaving for the UAE. The team management said on Sunday that it had obtained permission from the Tamil Nadu government for the training session in Chennai.
Chennai franchise sources said that team members Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla and other Indian players, including captain Dhoni, will take part in it.