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The tour is on, we still have time to decide: Ganguly on India’s tour of South Africa

With the doubts looming around India’s upcoming tour of South Africa due to the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

Notably, there has been concern on the spread of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron – which was first reported in South Africa and has spread to many parts of the world with several nations now suspending flights to and from the country.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

After the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand in Mumbai, Team India is scheduled to fly to Johannesburg on December 8 or 9 on a chartered flight.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

India is scheduled to play a three-Test series, as many ODIs and four T20Is during the tour, which will conclude on January 26.

Moreover, the ministry thanked the BCCI for continuing the India A tour.

“India’s decision to show solidarity by choosing to continue with the tour of the Indian ‘A’ Team stands in contrast with a number of countries who have decided to close their borders and to restrict travel from Southern African after South Africa announced the detection of the new Omicron variant,” it said.

“The South African Government has expressed its appreciation to the BCCI for allowing the tour to continue and for not letting travel restrictions negatively impact on international sports,” it added.

Earlier, while reacting on the possibility of a spike in pandemic, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had said that they are monitoring the situation in different parts of their country and will keep the BCCI updated about the developments.

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly appointed chairman of ICC Cricket Committee

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the Chairman of ICC’s Cricket Committee, the global governing body of the game announced on Wednesday.

Ganguly will be replacing his former India teammate Anil Kumble, who has served the maximum of three, three-year terms after being appointed in 2012.

Commenting on the development, ICC Chairman Greg Barclay said: “I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee.”

“His experience as one of the world’s best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward. I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions,” he added.

Meanwhile, the ICC Board also announced some other crucial decisions like the formation of a Working Group to review the status of cricket in Afghanistan after the recent governmental change.

Imran Khwaja has been named Chairman of this Group that includes Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja.

“The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men’s and women’s cricket moving forward,” Barclay said.

“We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our Member in its efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new government. Cricket is fortunate to be in the position to influence positive change in Afghanistan with the national men’s team a source of great pride and unity in a country with a young population that has experienced more upheaval and change than most. We should protect that status and continue to try to influence change through the ACB but will continue to closely monitor the situation and take any decisions accordingly,” he added.

Earlier, although the ICC had opted for a wait-and-watch approach on Afghanistan but had said that it will discuss the future of cricket in the war-torn nation nation in its board meeting in November.

After Afghanistan came under Taliban’s rule in August, the future of cricket has been uncertain with Cricket Australia (CA) recently postponing the one-off test in Hobart, was was slated to be held in November end in Brisbane.

After ousting the Afghanistan’s elected government in August this year, few senior Taliban leaders had said that Afghan women would no longer play cricket or any other sport under their regime which didn’t go well with Cricket Australia and even the ICC.

Recently, when asked if the women cricketers not being allowed to take part would result in its men’s team getting suspended, Allardice had said that the global body will not interfere in bilateral arrangements.

Moreover, the board also announced to stick to the existing format of the World Test Championship (WTC) where nine teams play over a period of two years with the top two facing off in a final.

With the number of participating teams in the ODI World Cup increased to 14 again for the 2027 edition, the ICC has decided that the top 10 teams in the rankings at a predetermined cutoff date will qualify automatically for the tournament. The rest of the slots will be determined via a qualifier.

Ahmedabad owner CVC yet to receive Letter of Intent from BCCI: Reports

Even after acquiring the Ahmedabad franchise in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), CVC Sports is yet to receive the Letter of Intent from the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), reports have suggested.

On October 25, Luxembourg-based CVC Capital Partners had bagged the ownerhsip rights of Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores. However, with CVC Partners acquiring a 100 percent equity stake in Italian gaming and payments operator, Sisal Group S.p.A. (“Sisal”), the matter became controversial.

Although betting, which is legal overseas, has not been legalised in India and as a result, CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.

As per reports, the CVC is now trying to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal. Moreover, few top CVC officials have flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

Meanwhile, the BCCI’s legal team is also monitoring and looking into the CVC files. It is likley that the team might form a committee to adjudicate on the issue.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal.

“I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Private Equity player CVC Capital had recently bought LA Liga and also owns Formula One and Rugby teams.

Notably, as many as 10 parties had entered the bidding war on October 25 in Dubai and had got an option to choose from from six centres – Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Guwahati and Indore – to base their team in.

All the interested parties were asked to submit two envelopes – one for personal and financial credentials and the second for the bid and the entire process was overseen by the IPL Governing Council as well as the BCCI top officials like president Ganguly, secretary Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, vice-president Rajeev Shukla and joint-secretary Jayesh George.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will need to pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

Before the team auctioning, a total of 22 entities had bought the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document from the BCCI, price of which was kept at Rs 10 lakh each.

The new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in December this year or January, 2022.

2 new teams for IPL triggers bidding war; valuation breaches Rs 8,000 crore-mark

The onngoing auctions, currently underway in Dubai, has triggered a bidding war between the interested parties and as per reports, the valuation of one of the two teams has already crossed Rs 8,000 crore mark.

Notably, the base price of each team was kept at Rs 2,000 crore by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

As per reports received from the auctions, the two favourites for acquiring the two new IPL teams are the Adani and the Manchester United’s Glazer family.

While Adani is most likley to get the Ahmedabad franchise, the Glazer family is all set to grab Lucknow.

There was a tought fight between the Adani Group, the Glazer family and the RP Sanjeev Goenka Group, who is one of the owners of Indian Super League (ISL) side ATK-Mohun Bagan.

After the auctions got underway with the bids being submitted and the verification process done by the BCCI, All Cargo Logistics, Adani Group, RP Sanjiv Goenka, Uday Kotak were the four parties whose bids were approved after technical evaluation along with couple of other companies.

As of now, the financial bids have not yet been opened and its results are expected after few hours.

Last week, the Glazer family, which owns many sports properties including the famous football club Manchester United and also owns the famous American football club Tampa Bay Buccaneers which features in the National Football League (NFL), had shown interest in owning an IPL franchise as it has picked up the bid documents for the new teams.

The Glazer family had picked up the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the purchase of one of the two new franchises.

Significantly, the deadline for the sale of ITT, the INR 10 lakh document, was on October 10 however, with the Glazer family keen to join the IPL bandwagon, the BCCI had later extended the date for the sale of the new franchise till October 20.

Earlier, the board had clarified that any bids below the minimum amount of Rs 2000 crore will be directly rejected and no reduction will be made to the minimum bid amount even in the event of a change in the format of the league.

After this auction, the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) will be expanded to a 10-team event from its next edition.

Meanwhile, the number of matches in the lucrative league will also rise to 74 next year from the present 60 matches.

Glazer family, owners of Man Utd, arrive in UAE for auction of two new IPL teams

With the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) all set to be expanded to 10 teams from eight with the auctions for the two new frnachise scheduled for Monday (October 25), owners of Manchester United – the Glazer family – have already arrived in the UAE to try their luck.

As per reports, it is most likley that the two new frnachises and their owners will be finalised by late afternoon on Monday.

Last week, Glazer family, which owns many sports properties including the famous football club Manchester United and also owns the famous American football club Tampa Bay Buccaneers which features in the National Football League (NFL), had shown interest in owning an IPL franchise as it has picked up the bid documents for the new teams.

The Glazer family had picked up the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the purchase of one of the two new franchises.

Significantly, the deadline for the sale of ITT, the INR 10 lakh document, was on October 10 however, with the Glazer family keen to join the IPL bandwagon, the BCCI had later extended the date for the sale of the new franchise till October 20.

Despite picking up the ITT document, there is no guarantee that the US-based company will make a formal bid for the franchise as it will have to first set up a company in India to do so because the ITT document says that a foreign entity will have to set up a company in India to make a bid.

So far, around 20 parties have bought the ITT document.

Reportedly, the Adani Group, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Hindustan Times Media, Jindal Steel (led by Naveen Jindal), entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala and three private equity players have so far also picked the ITT documents.

Significantly, the Indian board will make massive financial gain from the auction of two new franchises for which, a base price of Rs 2000 crore has been set for each franchise.

As per reports, the BCCI, the country’s apex cricketing body, is expected to get richer by Rs 5,000-7,000 crore after the two new franchises of the lucrative league go under the hammer in Dubai.

The BCCI is not only expected to earn an additional amount of Rs 5,000-7,000 crore by the sale of the two new franchises but will also receive an additional amount of over Rs 450 crore from its share of broadcasting and sponsorship revenues in 2022 as the number of matches in the cash-rich league will rise to 74 next year from the present 60 matches.

The rise in number of matches will be because the number of teams will also go upto to 10 from the current eight.

Before the auctions are held, the board has already clarified that any bids below the minimum amount of Rs 2000 crore will be directly rejected and no reduction will be made to the minimum bid amount even in the event of a change in the format of the league.

Significantly, six Indian cities, namely – Ahmedabad (Narendra Modi Stadium), Cuttack (Barabati Stadium), Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium), Guwahati (Barsapara Cricket Ground), Indore (Holkar Stadium), Lucknow (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium) have been shortlisted for the auction.

As per reports, Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the frontrunners for hosting the two new IPL teams.

BCCI expected to earn between Rs 5,000-7,000 crore from sale of two new IPL franchises

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the country’s apex cricketing body, is expected to get richer by Rs 5,000-7,000 crore after the two new franchises of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) go under the hammer on Monday in Dubai.

According to reports, the Indian cricket board is not only expected to earn an additional amount of Rs 5,000-7,000 crore by the sale of the two new franchises but will also receive an additional amount of over Rs 450 crore from its share of broadcasting and sponsorship revenues in 2022 as the number of matches in the cash-rich league will rise to 74 next year from the present 60 matches.

The rise in number of matches will be because the number of teams will also go upto to 10 from the current eight.

And as the number of games will rise, Disney+Hotstar will have to pay Rs 54.5 core per match for the live streaming of the matches.

However, the major earning for both the BCCI as well as the new and old franchises will be witnessed from 2023 when the IPL’s television and digital rights will be up for grabs again for a period of another five years.

Earlier, Star had acquired the league’s television and digital rights for the period between 2018-2022 at a sum of Rs 16,348 crore and as per the deal, the broadcaster was supposed to pay around Rs 54.5 crore per game in the 60-match season.

With the current cycle about to get over, the auctions for the next cycle is expected soon and is most likley to witness participation from top companies globally as with more teams and more matches, the earning will also shoot up.

According to industry experts, the winning bid price is expected to double from Rs 16,348 crore to Rs 32,694 crore for the next cycle. And if it happens, the revenue share only from the broadcasting and digital rights for each of the 10 franchisees will see a massive jump to Rs 326.9 crore from the present Rs 201.6 crore, a rise of around 60 percent each year.

Meanwhile, several broadcasters have already joined the race for the media auction as apart from Disney+Hotstar, the current media rights holder, Sony, Reliance Industries, Amazon Prime and some other global players are looking to join the IPL bandwagon.

Reports also suggest that Reliance Industries is planning to announce a sports channel soon in Viacom 18 keeping in mind of the IPL.

Notably, the central revenues of the Indian cricket board, which includes the broadcasting and digital rights as well as sponsorships, is shared between the BCCI and the franchises. While half of the amount goes to the BCCI, the remaining amount is shared equally between the franchisees.

Moreover, the companies which emerge out as successful bidders of the two new franchises will not have to pay the entire bid amount at a time. The winning bidders will hand only 20 per cent of their revenue (which, apart from a share of central revenues, also includes income from team sponsorship like branding on the team jersey, selling team branded products and so on) to the board each year. They will have to pay it until the total amount is completed.

Earlier, the BCCI had kept Rs 2,000 crore as the base price for each franchise and had asked that any company or individual bidding for it will be required to have a minimum net worth of Rs 3,000 crore.

So far, the Adanis, the Glazer family, which owns the famous soccer club Manchester United, Torrent and Aurobindo Pharma, RP-Sanjiv Goenka group, Hindustan Times Media, Jindal Steel and Ronnie Screwvala of Unilazer Ventures have buyed the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents from the BCCI.

On October 20, the deadline for the sale of ITT, the Rs 10 lakh document, ended and as per reports, as many as 20 parties have bought the ITT document.

However, those in the know say that the financial benefit for franchisees in 2022 is limited as they have to share the central revenues, now it would be divided amongst 10 instead of eight teams.

Significantly, six Indian cities, namely – Ahmedabad (Narendra Modi Stadium), Cuttack (Barabati Stadium), Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium), Guwahati (Barsapara Cricket Ground), Indore (Holkar Stadium), Lucknow (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium) have been shortlisted for the auction.

As per reports, Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the frontrunners for hosting the two new IPL teams.

BCCI appoints VPS Healthcare to manage bio bubbles during T20 World Cup

The UAE-based VPS Healthcare, which had successfully managed the bio-bubble during the just concluded 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have reappointed the multinational healthcare group for providing medical services in the ongoing edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Notably, it will be the third time when the VPS Healthcare has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the medical side of a huge cricket tournament.

With a strength of over 2000 people, which will include as many as 16 teams within the bio-secure environment this time, it is going to be the biggest bio-bubble ever managed during any international cricket tournament held in the past couple of years.

The healthcare group will not only look after the players and support staffs but also their families, broadcast crew, BCCI and ICC officials, staff at the hotel and stadium.

Meanwhile, as per reports, the healthcare group has implemented some stringent protocols to avoid any breach of the bio-secure environment during the showpiece event.

Reports said that for the T20 World Cup, the medical group has created a total of twelve bio-bubbles across nine hotels. While seven bio-bubbles are in Dubai, the remaining five have been set up in Abu Dhabi.

Moreover, the healthcare group will also use Rapid RT-PCR tests in case of any emergency as it would give the test results within a short duration of just 20-30 minutes.

“In contrast to the earlier times, all members within the bio-bubble are vaccinated. Despite that, all will undergo regular RT-PCR tests to uphold the safety measures. The testing protocol for the members in the bio-bubble has been set by the ICC,” stated a release.

Throughout the showpiece event, the medical group is expected to conduct more than 20,000 PCR tests. VPS is said to be able in conducting over 2,000 PCR tests per day, with a turnaround time of 6 hours for the results.

VPS will not only secure the bio-bubble but will also provide holistic medical support for the T20 World Cup.

Experienced in offering 360-degree healthcare services for sporting events, it will provide a broad range of services, including emergency medical services, sports medicine support, musculoskeletal imaging, specialist teleconsultation, doctor-on-call, and ambulance/air ambulance support.

VPS Healthcare will also be managing the medical services at the stadiums and during practice sessions of the teams and meanwhile, the company has also put doctors at the hotels of the players, support staffs, broadcast crews and other officials to cater to their need in case of any emergency.

Also as the ICC has allowed 70 percent spectators allowed at the venues, the mediacl group has also set up spectator clinics in the various stadiums to look after any emergency case.

Meanwhile, special arrangements have been put in place across VPS’ Burjeel hospitals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah for the immediate treatment of players or other stakeholders.

The release also stated that anybody requiring the air ambulance facility will be taken to Burjeel’Medical City, VPS’ quaternary care facility at Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi.

Myntra to host MPL Sports’ official Team India merchandise

With the cricket season in full swing, Myntra on Thursday announced that it is now hosting MPL Sports’ official Team India merchandise collection on its platform.

The assortment includes distinct styles such as the player jersey, stadium jersey, training jackets and hoodies, and polo tees by MPL Sports, which is the official kit sponsor of the Indian Cricket Team. The highlight of the collection is the recently launched “Billion Cheers Jersey,” highly sought after by cricket fans due to its unique design inspired by billions of fans, both at home and abroad.

The jersey bears sound wave patterns representing fan chants and cheers from iconic matches and comes in shades of Prussian and Royal Blue for a sharp and vibrant look. The collection starts retailing at an attractive price of just Rs 999.

Myntra attracts a large and varied cohort of sports fans and always strives to bring the most-anticipated styles to the shoppers.

Speaking on the occasion, Arvind Charanyan, VP – Revenue & Growth, Myntra, said: “We are thrilled to partner with MPL Sports to bring its official cricket collection to Myntra’s wide base of shoppers, especially with so much excitement surrounding the games.”

“Cricket has always been the pulse of the country and we are delighted that our consumers can showcase their unwavering support and enthusiasm by donning the official merchandise and cheer as our men in blue put their best foot forward to win the championship,” he added.

Through MPL Sports’ partnership with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the athleisure brand strives to make the official merchandise of the Indian team universally available for all fans at affordable prices.

Shobhit Gupta, Head – MPL Sports, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Myntra to showcase the first-of-a-kind Billion Cheers Jersey along with a comprehensive range inspired by and made for cricket fans. We are sure that Myntra’s seamless shopping experience and extensive reach will ensure that billions of cricket fans can get access to styles that they love wherever they are, while they support the team in their pursuit of the championship title.”

“We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Myntra and hope to explore newer avenues in the coming years,” he added.

MPL Sports also recently launched the official Team India jersey anthem, Show Your Game, which captures how Indians across different walks of life come together and through their A-game breathe life and character into the jersey.

The anthem touches upon how the jersey isn’t just a piece of apparel, but is a call to action for all avid supporters to show up for their home team.

Notably, MPL Sports, an athleisure, merchandise, and sporting equipment brand, was named the official kit sponsor and merchandise partner for the Indian Cricket Team (Men’s, Women’s and Under-19 teams), for a three-year period till December 2023.

Earlier on october 13, the BCCI had unveiled the brand new jersey which the Indian cricket team will be donning at the T20 World Cup.

The jersey has been launched by MPL Sports, the official kit sponsors of Team India.

Manchester United owners show interest for buying new IPL franchise

The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to the addition of two new team from the next season and as per reports, not only Indian but also many foreign investors are showing immense interest in buying one of the two new franchises.

As per reports, the Glazer family, which owns many sports properties including the famous football club Manchester United and also owns the famous American football club Tampa Bay Buccaneers which features in the National Football League (NFL), has shown interest in owning an IPL franchise as it has picked up the bid documents for the new teams.

According to a report in the Times of India (ToI), the Glazer family has picked up the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the purchase of one of the two new franchises.

Despite picking up the ITT document, there is no guarantee that the US-based company will make a formal bid for the franchise as it will have to first set up a company in India to do so because the ITT document says that a foreign entity will have to set up a company in India to make a bid.

Reportedly, the Adani Group, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Hindustan Times Media, Jindal Steel (led by Naveen Jindal), entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala and three private equity players have so far also picked the ITT documents.

Significantly, the deadline for the sale of ITT, the INR 10 lakh document, ended on Wednesday and the sale of the new franchise will be done in Dubai on October 25.

So far, around 20 parties have bought the ITT document.

Earlier on August 31, the IPL Governing Council had announced the release of tender to “own and operate” two new IPL teams, which will compete in the 2022 edition of the lucrative tournament.

Firstly, the date was extended to October 10 and later it was further extended by 10 days to october 20.

Significantly, the Indian board will make massive financial gain from the auction of two new franchises for which, a base price of Rs 2000 crore has been set for each franchise.

After auctioning the two new franchises, the BCCI will be receiving a huge amount of Rs 4,000 crore.

Before the auctions are held, the board has already clarified that any bids below the minimum amount of Rs 2000 crore will be directly rejected and no reduction will be made to the minimum bid amount even in the event of a change in the format of the league.

The condition applies even if the number of matches to be played gets reduced.

After the auction, the cash-rich IPL will feature of 10 teams and a minimum of 74 matches from the next 2022 season and further.

Significantly, six Indian cities, namely – Ahmedabad (Narendra Modi Stadium), Cuttack (Barabati Stadium), Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium), Guwahati (Barsapara Cricket Ground), Indore (Holkar Stadium), Lucknow (Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium) have been shortlisted for the auction.

As per reports, Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the frontrunners for hosting the two new IPL teams.

No CSK without MS Dhoni: N Srinivasan

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and India Cements Ltd (ICL) vice-chairman N Srinivasan has emphatically said that there is no Chennai Super Kings (CSK) without their current skipper MS Dhoni.

Recently under the captaincy of Dhoni, the Yellow Brigade lifted their fourth IPL trophy after the side defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the final of the 2021 season in Dubai.

Showering praise on Dhoni, Srinivasan told reporters: “It was a remarkable win. It puts Chennai on top of the world.”

When asked about Dhoni’s future with CSK, he said: “Dhoni is part and parcel of CSK. There is no CSK without Dhoni and there is no Dhoni without CSK.”

Recently, Dhoni had hinted that he will play the next season of the IPL while his franchise had reportedly said that a decision on whether to retain the talismanic skipper will be taken only after knowing the rules of the system.

The BCCI is yet to lay down the retention rules as two more teams are set to be added in the 2022 edition of the cash-rich league.

Earlier after winning his fourth IPL trophy for the Yellow Brigade, Dhoni had said that he hadn’t decided how he would fit into the retention scheme of things.

“Again I’ve said it before, it depends on the BCCI. With two new teams coming in, we have to decide what is good for CSK,” Dhoni said after CSK defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the summit clash of IPL 2021 on Friday.

“It’s not about me being there in the top-three or four. It’s about making a strong core to ensure the franchise doesn’t suffer. The core group, we have to have a hard look to see who can contribute for the next 10 years,” he had said.

Earlier, a CSK official had said that although they were not aware of the retention rules however, if it is followed in the next auction, the franchise will use it for Dhoni.

Earlier on october 5, Dhoni had hinted that he will play for the Yellow Brigade for at least one more IPL season by saying that his fans can see him play a ‘farewell game’ in Chennai next year.

Dhoni, 40, in an event celebrating 75 years of India Cements, said that he hopes to play his last match in Chennai.

“When it comes to farewell, you can still come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So, you will still get that opportunity to bid me farewell. Hopefully, we will come to Chennai and play my last game over there and we can meet the fans there,” Dhoni said while interacting with fans during the virtual event.

Under Dhoni, CSK has made to nine IPL finals in the 12 seasons they had featured so far in the history of the lucrative league.

The team under Dhoni had first won the coveted trophy in the year 2010 before winning it again in 2011, 2018 and 2021.

CSK also has the highest win percentage of matches among all teams in the IPL which is  59.83 percent. The Yellow Brigade also hold the records of most appearances in the IPL playoffs as they have made it to eleven times from 12.