India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja will miss Chennai Super Kings’ pre-season conditioning camp in Chennai due to personal commitments. The three-time IPL champions will hold a six-day camp in the city ahead of leaving for UAE for IPL 2020. The MS Dhoni-led side will leave for UAE on August 21 for IPL 2020.
The thirteenth edition of the tournament is being played entirely in UAE before of the alarming coronavirus situation in India. The tournament is scheduled to start on September 19 while the final is scheduled to take place on November 10. And prior to their departure to UAE, the Super Kings will hold a camp short at their home ground MA Chidambaram Stadium from August 15.
Earlier this month, the team’s bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji had said the idea behind the camp is to regroup as a team. However, Ravindra Jadeja will miss the six-day camp. He is the only big name from Chennai Super Kings’ Indian contingent who will miss the camp. The likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and others will attend the camp.
“He has personal commitments,” Kasi Viswanathan, the Super Kings chief executive officer said. But Jadeja will reach Chennai in time to board the flight to Dubai on August 21. The camp will focus on fitness primarily, along with some cricket training too.
He further confirmed the Tamil Nadu government had given written permission to the Super Kings to conduct the camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, behind closed doors. Balaji will be the only member of the coaching staff present at the camp. Head coach Stephen Fleming and assistant coach Michael Hussey, Viswanathan said, are likely to join the squad in Dubai by August 22.
Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi to join team after September 1:
Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi will be able the join the team from South Africa only after September 1, the Super Kings CEO confirmed. Currently South Africa has closed its borders as a measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and no one can travel in and out of the country without government permission.
“When we spoke to Faf and Ngidi they said yes, we are coming. They have said that they will only be coming after September 1,” Viswanathan said.
The other South African in the team, Imran Tahir will join the team after taking part in the Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad. Viswanathan also said the South African backroom pair of Eric Simons (bowling consultant) and Greg King (physical trainer) would join the squad in Dubai on August 21.