Moeen Ali asked the Chennai Super Kings management to remove the alcohol brand logo from his jersey and the franchise agreed to the England all-rounder’s request, as per reports in the media.
But Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Vishwanathan has denied reports by confirming that Moeen Ali didn’t make any request to remove the logo of an alcohol brand from his jersey. As per several reports doing the rounds, Moeen Ali, who doesn’t drink or promote alcohol for his faith, had requested CSK franchise for the logo of SNJ 10000 to be removed from his shirt ahead of the IPL 2021.
Moeen Ali Didn’t Make Any Request To CSK To Remove Any Logo: CSK CEO Denies Reports
SNJ 10000 is a Chennai-based SNJ Distilleries beer brand. It’s pertinent to note that SNJ Distilleries are one of the sponsors of the CSK team. The reports also mentioned that the CSK had agreed to England all-rounder Moeen Ali’s request for the logo removal. CSK secured the England all-rounder’s services at a price of INR 7 crores. However, the CEO brushed off all the reports.
“There has been no request made by Moeen to CSK to remove any logo,” the CSK CEO was quoted as saying in Times Now.
The Super Kings jersey also has a sports camouflage paying tribute to the Indian armed forces. CSK’s skipper, MS Dhoni, holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army. After India’s loss in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, he trained with the Parachute Regiment.
Moeen Ali Praises MS Dhoni And CSK
Moeen Ali, earlier, lauded the CSK franchise for having a ‘structured’ approach. He also sounded excited to play under MS Dhoni, the three-time IPL winning skipper.
“I think what differentiates CSK from other teams is actually how they structure everything — from the squad they have to the way they do things. They look a very calm franchise that doesn’t panic,” Moeen Ali said.
“I’ve spoken to players who have played under MS and they tell me how he improves their game. I believe a great captain does that,” he added.
Moeen Ali was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2020, but the Virat Kohli-led team released him. The all-rounder then registered himself at a base price of INR 2 crore in the IPL auction that took place in February.
This is Moeen Ali’s second IPL franchise after Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he played for 3 seasons since 2018. Moeen Ali has played 19 IPL matches so far, scoring 309 runs and picked 10 wickets. He disappointed though in IPL 2020 playing 3 games scoring only 12 runs and picking a solitary scalp.
Punjab Kings and CSK were engaged in a bidding war after which the Super Kings secured his services at a price of INR 7 crores. MS Dhoni’s men are scheduled to play their first match against Delhi Capitals (DC) on April 10 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Suresh Raina who is one of IPL’s most successful batsmen will make his comeback in IPL 2021 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a forgettable campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, but by the end of the tournament, after finishing 7th in the points table, they had found a new star in young Ruturaj Gaikwad who produced a commendable fightback after initially struggling in the first three matches.
CSK spent big on acquiring the services of England’s spinner Moeen Ali while off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham got a big contract from MS Dhoni’s 3-time champions besides acquiring Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and opener Robin Uthappa via trade-in.
CSK Probable XI: Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali/ Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi/ Imran Tahir.