On Friday, CSK’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan refuted the rumours of Dawid Malan replacing Suresh Raina in Chennai Super Kings squad. Last month, Chennai Super Kings suffered a huge blow when two of its seasoned campaigners Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulled out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons.
Raina has been instrumental to Chennai Super Kings’ success ever since their inaugural edition in 2008. He has been a Pillar at No.3 for them. But with Raina opting out of IPL 2020, CSK might have to bank upon the likes of Murali Vijay, Rituraj Gaikwad to fill in the big shoes of classy left-hander.
There were also reports that CSK is looking to sign England’s new T20I no.3 David Malan for the season. An anonymous CSK team source has claimed that Malan could be the one CSK might be interested in signing.
“These are just discussions; nothing has been finalized as such. Malan is a very accomplished T20 player. He is also a left-hander like Raina. But team management hasn’t taken any final call on whether to call for Raina’s replacement or not’,” has claimed the source as quoted by InsideSport.
However, on Friday, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan refuted such reports by stating that CSK has already filled their foreign players quota and there is no chance we can accommodate any foreigner for IPL 2020. Given the strict protocols amid Covid-19, any team cannot have more than 8 overseas players in their squad.
“This is news to me as well because our quota of foreign players is already full. So, I don’t know how we can have another foreigner in the squad,” said KS CEO Viswanathan as quoted by ANI, reported News18.
Alongside that, Viswanathan also confirmed the news of Deepak Chahar being fully recovered and joining the bio-bubble. “Deepak has all the necessary clearance from the CSK and BCCI side and will start training from today,” he added.