Dhoni, Other CSK Players Arrive in Chennai for Pre-IPL Camp | Cricket news
In addition to Dhoni, others who have come to town for the week-long camp that begins Saturday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium are Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla and Kedar Jadhav.
“Thirteen or 14 of the 16 Indian players will be part of the camp, including MS. Since they arrived after undergoing COVID-19 tests, their next test will be 72 hours before leaving for the United Arab Emirates on August 21. They will start training tomorrow, “a CSK official told PTI.
The three-time IPL champions posted photos of Dhoni and other players arriving in Chennai on their social media page.
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Dhoni has not played since exiting India’s semi-final of the ODI World Cup last year in July and his return is a highly anticipated subplot of this year’s IPL, which begins on September 19.
All players, except the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, are expected to participate in the camp.
A CSK official said that Jadeja would miss training for personal reasons and would join the team prior to their departure to the tournament venue.
All players would undergo two tests here and only if they test negative for coronavirus would they be allowed to fly to Dubai, the official added.
The franchise has chosen eight network pitchers from Tamil Nadu and they will also travel with the team to the United Arab Emirates.
The Dhoni-led CSK had organized a camp since March 2 prior to the start of the event originally scheduled for March 29 before it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dhoni had trained during that two-week camp that also drew a few thousand fans.
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However, spectators will not be able to enter the stadium to watch the CSK players train now.
CSK practice sessions have been fan magnets and have drawn thousands in the past.
The camp was planned after the government of Tamil Nadu authorized the use of the facilities in the MAC with restrictions that are gradually easing even though the number of cases from the state has passed the 3 lakh mark.