Chennai, August 14
Enigmatic former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a few of his Chennai Super Kings teammates arrived right here on Friday for a brief coaching camp forward of the IPL within the UAE, the place the World Cup-winning star will make his eagerly-awaited return to aggressive cricket after a chronic sabbatical.
Apart from Dhoni, others who’ve reached the town for the week-long camp starting on Saturday on the MA Chidambaram stadium are Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Kedar Jadhav.
“Thirteen or 14 of the 16 Indian players will be part of the camp, including MS. Since they came after undergoing COVID-19 tests, their next test will be 72 hours before leaving for the UAE on August 21. They will start training from tomorrow,” a CSK official advised PTI.
The three-time IPL champions posted photos of Dhoni and different gamers arriving in Chennai on their social media web page.
Dhoni has not performed since India’s semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup final 12 months in July and his comeback is a extremely anticipated sub-plot of this 12 months’s IPL, which begins on September 19.
All the gamers, besides all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, are anticipated to take part within the camp.
A CSK official mentioned Jadeja can be lacking coaching owing to non-public causes and would be part of the squad earlier than its departure the event venue.
All the gamers can be subjected to 2 exams right here and provided that they return unfavorable for coronavirus, they might be allowed to fly to Dubai, the official added.
The franchise has picked eight web bowlers from Tamil Nadu and they’ll additionally journey with the aspect to the UAE.
The Dhoni-led CSK had organised a camp from March 2 forward of the initially scheduled March 29 begin of the occasion earlier than it was suspended owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dhoni had educated throughout that two-week camp which attracted just a few thousand followers too.
However, spectators is not going to be allowed contained in the stadium to look at the CSK gamers practice now.
The CSK observe classes have been fan magnets, attracting hundreds prior to now.
The camp was deliberate after the Tamil Nadu authorities gave the nod to make use of the amenities on the MAC with restrictions being eased progressively though the case load of the state has surpassed the three lakh mark. PTI