IPL 2021: Chennai Super kings (CSK) camp on warpath; calls 2 Lankan reserve bowlers : CSK is simply on a war path, taking its preparatory camp for the 2021 IPL season to the next level. It was the first team to begin its training camp on Tuesday and now invited two Sri Lankan bowlers Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana as reserve players to add more variety to their preparation.
“Yes, we have called two Sri Lankan players — a fast bowler and a spinner and they have included them as reserve players and not main players in our squad. We do not have our main bowlers in the camp and since we cannot have many net bowlers this time due to the bio-bubble restriction, it is prudent for us to try out reserve bowlers who will give our batsmen like Dhoni and Rayudu some good quality practice.Both the cricketers have requested for NOC from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to participate in our training session. We already have the full quota of the allocated no. of overseas players. The CSK players have completed their quarantine requirements and began practice on Tuesday. Gradually, the others will join the camp after a period of quarantine. A few others like leg-spinner Karn Sharma and Bhagath Varma, who was picked during the auctions recently are expected to arrive in the coming days,” a top CSK official told Insidesport.co on Wednesday.
Theekshana, an upcoming Sri Lankan domestic right-arm off-break bowler, was part of Jaffna Stallions in Lanka Premier League 2020 while Pathirana is a U19 national cricketer and represented Sri Lanka in the last ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and recently he was part of the T10 league and played for Bangla Tigers.
CSK meanwhile is seriously contemplating shifting its “training camp” to Mumbai two weeks before their 1st match in IPL 2021. Dhoni’s teams confirmed to InsideSport that with neutral venue rules coming into existence they are deliberating to shift training base in Mumbai. Interestingly, in this year’s IPL, all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will play at their home venue. “Yes certainly we will think about the possibility of shifting our camp but a decision will be taken in a week’s time. As of now we are starting our camp in Chennai ]with the players who are available,” said CSK CEO Kashi Vishwanathan.
This year’s IPL begins with a match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on April 9. Three-time champion CSK begins its campaign the next day in Mumbai against Delhi Capitals.