Chennai Super Kings to Begin Full-Fledged Training From March 16
Defending champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will begin full-fledged preparations for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai from March 16, a senior official of the franchise said.
Meanwhile, the domestic players in the CSK took part in a preparatory camp which began with a fitness session on Wednesday.
The rest of the players, including those busy with national commitments,. would join the squad on March 16, the official said.
Leg-spinner Karn Sharma, Tamil Nadu's wicket keeper-batsman N Jagadeesan, K M Asif and Chaitanya Bishnoi, among others, took part in Wednesday’s session.
He also thanked the CSK management and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for retaining him.
"I would like to thank the CSK management and Mahi bhai (skipper MS Dhoni) for retaining me," he said.
The three-time defending champion, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will open its campaign against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chepauk in Chennai on March 23.
With the India-Australia ODI series set to end on March 13 and the super league phase of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy set to conclude on March 14, the players would be begin arriving subsequently.
The CSK players would have a week to train before the IPL-12 opener. Several of the team's players are busy with national and domestic commitments at present.
The Chennai franchise, which returned to the IPL fold in 2018 after serving a two-year suspension, won the tournament for a third time, beating Sun Risers Hyderabad in the final.
Sharma said it would be good have a preparatory camp as it helps the team gel better.
"Given that we have players from different cities and countries, a preparatory camp helps the team gel better as a unit, allows players to know and understand each other better, each other's styles better," he added.
CSK was forced to move its base to Pune after protests over the Cauvery river water issue during the team's first home against Kolkata Knight Riders.