Three time champions Chennai Super Kings did not have the best of starts in IPL 2020. They find themselves in an unfamiliar position, languishing at the bottom of the table after two losses in three games. While all the departments are yet to click in unison for the Men in Yellow, CSK seems to missing their Indian stars in Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. The duo pulled out of the tournament citing personal reasons and now according to reports, CSK are planning to terminate their contracts.
In a surprising development, CSK have initiated the termination, having already removed the two players from their website. According to InsideSport, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan did not reveal the details of the contractual obligations. He however, shed light on the salaries of players who will not be playing. He confirmed that ‘players will only be paid if they play, as they are not playing they won’t be paid.’
Incidentally, both Raina and Harbhajan had penned down three-year deals with the yellow brigade in 2018.
CSK looking to bounce back in the next game
Erstwhile CSK is enjoying their 6-day break after an uneasy start in the competition. Coach Stephen Fleming though his happy that the trough came early in the tournament, giving his side sufficient time to bounce back.
Fleming said, “It came at a good time because the first three games were in quick succession and all games were at different grounds. So you have to appreciate trying to read conditions, for each game being predominantly the first team to play there was tough.“
“And also coming off a couple of challenges we had off the field, we’ve used this break pretty well, we got some clarity around what we need to do and have practiced very well,” he added.
Fleming’s boys will square off against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next game at Dubai. The former Kiwi skipper is looking forward to a positive result. “I’m looking forward to putting in a bit of performance than we did the last time we played at Dubai where we were outplayed by Delhi Capitals. There were a number of areas that we weren’t happy with, and we’ve worked hard on those.”