Chennai: Indian Off-Road Ravindra Jadeja will be absent from the air-conditioned Chennai Super Kings camp for six days prior to the team's departure to the UAE for the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL).
The camp is scheduled to take place from August 15-20 in Chennai. All other members of the franchise team, including captain MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu, will attend the camp, which will focus mainly on fitness, along with some cricket training.
ESPNcricinfo quoted CSK CEO Cassie Viswanthan as saying in explaining Jadeja's absence "has personal obligations". But Jadeja will arrive Chennai in time to board Dubai on August 21st.
Viswanthan said the Tamil Nadu government has given the Super KViswanthan ings written permission to camp at MA Chidambaram Stadium, behind closed doors. ESPNcricinfo reports that bowling coach El Balaji will be the only member of the coaching staff present at the camp.
Viswanthan said coach Stephen Fleming and assistant coach Michael Hussey will likely join the squad in Dubai on August 22.
CSK expects two South Africans, Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi, to join the team after September 1.
Viswanthan said, "When we spoke to Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi, they said yes, we will go. They said they will not come until after the first of September."
Third South African player Imran Tahir will join the squad after his participation in the Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad.
Viswanthan said South African backroom couple Eric Simmons (bowling advisor) and Greg King (physical coach) will join the team in Dubai on August 21.
The 13th edition of the IPL Indian League will take place for 53 days, from September 19 to November 10, in three venues: Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. The final is scheduled to be played on a weekday, Tuesday, for the first time in T20 history.
The Emirates Cricket Board had also confirmed that it had obtained official permission from BCCI to host the IPL 2020. The IPL was originally scheduled to operate from March 29, but has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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