Indian Premier League favourites Chennai Super Kings expect former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep playing past his 40th birthday until at least 2022, the team's chief executive said. Bowling coach L Balaji will be the only member of the coaching staff present at the camp, ESPNcricinfo reported.
All eyes will be on Dhoni's performance in IPL 2020 - which is scheduled to be played from September 19 to November 10 - as a good performance in the franchise-based T20 tournament will pave the way for Mahi's return to the Indian team.
Asked if senior players would find it hard to get back into action quickly, Balaji responded in the negative. "So many years of understanding will come in handy to get back to your best", Balaji told PTI. "It has been proven in big tournaments like IPL". "Dhoni is someone who believes in following the process, in giving opportunity and exposure instead of changing and chopping", Balaji said.
"Dhoni is always a process-backing leader. There is no shortcut in his leadership". CSK are all set to kickstart their preparation for the 13th edition of the IPL with a five-day camp at the Chepauk, starting August 16. "Yes, if everything goes as per plan, August 16th we will start a camp". 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.
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Balaji is expected to be in charge of the brief camp here which would see the Indian players in the team including Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla. Only when both the tests are negative, the individuals will be allowed to leave for the UAE.
Among those picked include Aswin Crist, J. Kousik, M. Mohammed, Aushik Srinivas, L. Vignesh and Abhishek Tanwar.