Former captain of the Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his teammates of the Chennai Super Kings arrived here on Friday to attend the practice camp before leaving for the UAE for the Indium Premier League (IPL). Apart from Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Kedar Jadhav also arrived here for a week-long camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium starting on Saturday.
An CSK official told PTI, “Of the 16 Indian players in the team, 13 or 14 players, including Dhoni, will be part of the camp. These players are arriving here after conducting a test of Kovid-19, so their next test will be 72 hours before they leave for UAE on August 21. ”The IPL three-time champion team took pictures of Dhoni and other players reaching Chennai. Shared on social media page. Other players including Suresh Raina have also shared pictures of reaching Chennai on their social media accounts. Sakshi Dhoni, wife of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has also commented on Raina’s post. He wrote, United.
Dhoni has not played competitive cricket since the Indian team lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup in July last year. The CSK official said that almost all players, except all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, are expected to attend the camp. Jadeja will not attend the practice camp due to personal reasons and will join him at the tournament venue before the team’s departure.
The official said that all the players in Chennai will be investigated for corona twice. If their result in this investigation comes negative then only they will be allowed to go to Dubai. The franchise has picked eight net bowlers from Tamil Nadu. He will also travel to the UAE with the team. CSK had earlier held a practice camp for the IPL starting March 29, but had to be canceled mid-way due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Due to the Kovid-19 pandemic, spectators will not be allowed to visit the stadium this time. The camp was planned after the Tamil Nadu government approved the use of the facilities at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. However, Kovid-19 cases in the state have crossed three lakh.