IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings could get its players from Manchester by Saturday
The abandonment of the fifth Test between India and England in Manchester has freed up some space for the IPL franchises. Consequently, CSK is looking to get its players by Saturday.
The Indian and English cricket fraternity remains in shock following the abandonment of the fifth Test between India and England at Old Trafford in Manchester, following a COVID case in the Indian camp. The Test cannot be pushed back on this tour owing to the crunch window, while the players would be taking part in the resuming Indian Premier League 2021 in the United Arab Emirates from September 19.
As of now, the players were scheduled to depart for the gulf on September 15. However, with the Test being called off, the franchises have the freedom to get their players early, provided none of them test COVID positive in the awaited RT-PCR test result on Friday.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings looks to jump into action right away, as it plans on having its players by Saturday itself. The boys will have to serve the mandatory six-day isolation in UAE before entering the team bubble and join the training camp.
Kasi Viswanathan (CSK CEO) told ANI that the franchise was keeping its fingers crossed, considering its players Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Cheteshwar Pujara, besides expecting to fly them in by Saturday. The franchise was the first to reach the gulf and has been training for the past three weeks.
The franchise would restart its season on September 19 against defending champion Mumbai Indians in Dubai. It would then travel to Abu Dhabi to take on Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The MS Dhoni and co. is placed second in the IPL 2021 table and is just three wins away from sealing its spot in the playoffs. However, Dhoni's boys had a forgettable season last year, as it finished at the seventh spot, failing to make it to the playoffs for the first time.
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