Chennai Super Kings allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is set to miss the team’s six-day IPL conditioning camp before the squad leaves for UAE for IPL 2020. Chennai Super Kings will leave for UAE on August 21. The entire tournament is scheduled to take place in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.
And before leaving for UAE, the three-time champions will organise a short camp at their home ground MA Chidambaram Stadium from August 15. Earlier, the team’s bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji had said the idea behind the camp is to regroup as a team.
Ravindra Jadeja, however, will miss the camp. The allrounder is the only prominent name missing from the camp for Indian players, and will feature captain MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu among others. But the India star will join the team in time to leave for UAE.
“He has personal commitments,” Kasi Viswanathan, the Super Kings chief executive officer said. But Jadeja will reach Chennai in time to board the flight to Dubai on August 21. The camp will focus on fitness primarily, along with some cricket training too.
Viswanthan said the Tamil Nadu government had given written permission to the Super Kings to conduct the camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, behind closed doors. Balaji will be the only member of the coaching staff present at the camp. Head coach Stephen Fleming and assistant coach Michael Hussey, Viswanathan said, are likely to join the squad in Dubai by August 22.
South African duo to join team after September 1:
The Super Kings CEO also gave an update on the availability of South African duo Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi. He said that the franchise is “hopeful”, du Plessis and Ngidi would reach the UAE after September 1. Currently South Africa has closed its borders as a measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and no one can travel in and out of the country without government permission.
“When we spoke to Faf and Ngidi they said yes, we are coming. They have said that they will only be coming after September 1,” Viswanathan said.
Imran Tahir, who is the other South African player of the team, will join the squad after taking part in the Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad. Viswanathan also said the South African backroom pair of Eric Simons (bowling consultant) and Greg King (physical trainer) would join the squad in Dubai on August 21.