After a long wait, the full schedule of Indian Premier League (2020), excluding the play-offs, has been finally announced. With Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players testing negative for Covid-19, last year’s runners-up will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the high-profile tournament opener on September 19. The match will be held at Abu Dhabi
The complete schedule of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) will be announced on Sunday, September 6, Indian Premier League chairman Brijesh Patel has confirmed. Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly stated that the schedule would be out on Friday, but that did not happen.
On expected lines, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has pulled out of this year's Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) owing to 'personal reasons'. Harbhajan revealed that he has informed the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) management about the decision he has taken.
Delhi Capitals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has spoken up about the six-day quarantine period in the UAE, and has described it as one of the worst times of his life. All the franchises, upon landing in the UAE for IPL 2020, were required to undergo the mandatory six-day quarantine and testing as per the Covid-19 protocols.
The Delhi Capitals have been the perennial underdogs as far as the last few years of IPL are concerned. They are the only team amongst the current lot to not have reached the finals even once. But things sort of changed last season, as they went on to qualify for the playoffs after a gap of 6 long years.
The last time they had qualified for the playoffs (except for the previous season) was way back in 2012, the time when Sehwag was still their skipper, and they boasted of T20 giants like David Warner, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Andre Russell, Glen Maxwell, Mahela Jayawardene, and Morne Morkel. Sounds like quite a squad ! And this is where it all went downhill for them, they didn’t stick to their core team. Obviously players like Warner, Maxwell and Russell weren’t as intimidating back then as they are now, but still if they had stuck with them, they would have been a lot more successful in the years to come. Not to forget they had let go of AB de Villiers in 2011 !
It looks like hard times are coming for CSK after a series of weird incidents that took place in the team’s camp in the United Arab Emirates for the IPL. After more than 10 team members tested positive for Coronavirus, it looks like there is more bad news coming towards CSK, this time from Suresh Raina.
In the news for his shock exit from IPL 2020 citing personal reasons, Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) senior batsman Suresh Raina has opened up for the first time on all the controversy surrounding him. While terming CSK boss N. Srinivasan as a father figure, the 33-year-old dismissed all rumours of a rift over a hotel room as ‘fabricated’.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) medium pacer Deepak Chahar, who was among the prominent names to test positive for Coronavirus last week, on Tuesday, confirmed that he has ‘recovered’ and is keen to be back in action. In a video posted on CSK’s Twitter handle from his hotel room in Dubai, Chahar said, “Thank you so much for your lovely wishes and prayers. I have recovered well and hopefully will be in action soon.”
Opening up on the development of many from Chennai Super Kings (CSK) testing positive for Covid-19 in the UAE, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly admitted they will have to figure out whether MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings can start IPL as per schedule.