Chennai Super Kings stars Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni along with some other members of the team have landed in Chennai ahead of departing to the UAE for this year’s Indian Premier League. Suresh Raina confirmed the news on Instagram.
The thirteenth edition of the tournament is scheduled to be held entirely in the UAE due to the alarming coronavirus situation in the country. Earlier this month, the BCCI got the green light from the government to move the competition out of the country. IPL 2020 is scheduled to take place from September 19 to November 10.
The teams will start leaving for UAE from next week. Chennai Super Kings will leave for this year’s IPL venue on August 21. And before leaving for UAE, the three-time champions will hold a short pre-season camp in Chennai.
The camp is scheduled to be held between August 15 and 20. Bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji is likely to be the only member of the coaching staff present at the camp. The other members of the staff, including head coach Stephen Fleming and assistant coach Michael Hussey are likely to join the squad in Dubai on August 22.
Stars land in Chennai:
A day ahead of the pre-season camp, MS Dhoni along with his teammates have landed in Chennai. Suresh Raina took to Instagram to post a group picture of himself and his teammates from the flight. Along with Suresh Raina and Dhoni, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma and Monu Kumar were also in the flight.
The upcoming edition of the IPL is important for both Raina and Dhoni. Dhoni has not played a single competitive game since the end of the World Cup in July last year while Raina, who last played for India in 2018, has not played any game since last year’s IPL.