When everything seemed to be getting on the track for the Chennai Super Kings, another issue came right in front of them. After the loss of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh from the side, foreign players like Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood will also miss the initial two matches of the season.
Ahead of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the two players’ availability has gone out of the equation. Hazlewood and Curran are currently in England for the limited-overs series between England and Australia.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed this news and talked about the options available with them to replace the two overseas players.
“We are mindful of the fact that Josh and Curran will not be available for the first two games. But we are confident. And let me tell you we have enough pacemen as net bowlers. We have Shardul Thakur, K.M. Asif and Monu Kumar plus three Tamil Nadu pacemen [here as net bowlers] who are COVID free. And Watson can chip in,” Vishwanathan told The Hindu.
‘Bravo and party should make it for the first game’
Noth just Curran and Hazelwood, but some of their other overseas players are too yet to fly to the Emirates. The likes of West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner and South Africa’s Imran Tahir are currently in the West Indies for the ongoing edition of the Caribbean Premier League.
KS Viswanathan told that there’s nothing to worry about as all these players will make it before the first game. He went on to say that their franchise has enough firepower and should manage till then.
The Chennai-based franchise begins their IPL 2020 campaign with the opening game of the season against Mumbai Indians on September 19 at Abu Dhabi.