Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings are planning to train one week in Chennai before flying out to UAE for IPL 2020. Meanwhile, BCCI and IPL Governing Council have decided that teams can only leave for UAE after August 20.
Meanwhile, the Super Kings were planning to land in the UAE in the second week of August to prepare for the tournament. However, they had to give up their plan after BCCI introduced SOP’s for IPL 2020 which stated that teams cannot leave before August 20.
Chennai Super Kings to train in Chennai
However, the Super Kings are planning to organise a camp in Chennai before leaving for UAE. As per reports in Sportstar, the team is likely to gather at MA Chidambaram Stadium and train for five days before leaving the country. Only Indian players will join the camp from August 15 to 20.
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has been seeking permission since long to resume cricketing activities. And after a long delay, it is likely that they have got the green signal from the authorities. This will also open ways for Tamil Nadu to resume their preparations for the domestic trophies following BCCI’s SOP.
Incidentally, Chennai Super Kings were the first franchise to begin training for the manga event in March. Some of the heavyweights joined the camp including skipper MS Dhoni. However, they had to abort in the wake of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni has already resumed training for IPL 2020. Reports suggest that Dhoni is currently training that Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium with bowling machines.
“He visited the JSCA International Stadium Complex last week. Dhoni practised at the indoor facility using bowling machine,” Said a JSCA office-bearer.
The former India skipper has been in out of action for over a year now. He last competitive game was during the ICC World Cup 2019 where India lost to New Zealand in the semifinal.