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Dhoni will lead side in IPL 2023, confirms CSK CEO Viswanathan

Former India skipper and charismatic wicketkeeper-batter Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead the side in the 2023 edition of the cash-rich T20 tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL) side Chennai Super Kings’ CEO, KS Viswanathan has confirmed.

Viswanathan told CSK TV that he was confident the team will “do well” in the upcoming edition with Dhoni leading the side.

“Obviously everybody knows that Thalaivan (MS Dhoni) is the one who is going to lead the side and he will do his best and the team will do well,” said Viswanathan a day after announcing CSK’s retained and released players ahead of the 2023 IPL auction.

CSK have released Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Chris Jordan, N. Jagadeesan, C. Hari Nishaanth, K. Bhagat Varma, KM Asif, and Robin Uthappa, who has announced his retirement.

Commenting on it, Viswanathan said it’s really tough to release players who have been part of several of CSK’s winning campaigns, with the franchise being “very passionate with the players”. “It is a very tough call as far as retention is concerned. As you know that CSK has been very passionate with the players, and they have also been contributing so well for the franchise. It becomes very difficult for us to decide while releasing the players,” he said.

“The contribution they have made to CSK will always be cherished and we know that yes, if there is an opportunity for any of them to come back, they will be back in CSK colours. See, a word to the fans is that we expect to do well. We had one bad season and the next season we won (in 2021). Hope that we will repeat the same (in 2023),” Viswanathan added.

The CSK CEO meanwhile, hoped that after two long years, CSK will finally get to play on their home ground, the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Notably, the Yellow Brigade had won their fourth IPL title in the UAE in 2021 before a below-par performance this year saw them finish ninth in the 10-team tournament with four wins and 10 losses.

“Obviously, the last two years we were not able to play at home and the current decision is that we will be able to play in our home ground. We have taken that into account, and the team management based on that has decided to release the players,” he added.

Mini players’ auction for IPL 2023 to be held on Dec 23 in Kochi: Report

The mini players’ auction for the 2023 season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) will reportedly be held on December 23 in Kochi.

Although an official announcement is yet to be made but as per an ESPN Cricinfo report, the auction would be a one-day affair and will be conducted in Kochi.

This is the first time in the history of the tournament that the auctions will be held in the state of Kerala.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had set a November 15 deadline for the franchises to send the final list of retained players. This time around, each team can retain up to 15 players and have to release the remaining 10. Earlier during the last season, the team size was set to a maximum of 25 while the minimum number of players in a team was 18.

The report further said that each franchise will have an additional INR 5 crore in addition to the money left over from last year’s mega auctions. The total figure will be around INR 95 crore for the mini auctions.

Notably, the Preity Zinta-owned Punjab Kings (PBKS) were left with the largest purse worth Rs 3.45 cores after the 2022 players’ auctions while the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had INR 2.95 crore, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (INR 1.55 crore), Rajasthan Royals (INR 0.95 crore), and Kolkata Knight Riders (INR 0.45 crore).

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad had INR 0.10 crore each left in their respective purses. Defending champions Gujarat Titans were left with INR 0.15 crore while Lucknow Super Giants were the only side to exhaust their entire purse.

IPL teams to submit list of retained players by Nov 15: Report

The Indian Premier League (IPL) management has reportedly asked its ten franchises to submit their list of retained players by November 15 with the upcoming mini-auction likely to be held in the third week of December.

Unlike the mega auction last year, when two new franchises were added and the old eight teams could retain a maximum of four players, there is no such cap for the mini-auction ahead of IPL 2023. Meanwhile, during the upcoming mini-auction, the teams will get extra Rs 5 crore, in addition to the money left over from the previous auction, to spend which will make the overall auction purse Rs 95 crore, an ESPNcricinfo report said.

Notably, Punjab Kings (PBKS) had the largest purse left – Rs 3.45 crore – after last year’s auction, while Lucknow Super Giants had exhausted their entire purse. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had Rs 2.95 crore remaining, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 1.55 crore), Rajasthan Royals (Rs 0.95 crore) and Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs 0.45 crore).

On the other hand, defending champions Gujarat Titans are left with Rs 0.15 crore while three teams – Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals – had Rs 0.10 crore.

Despite franchises having smaller purses, mini-auctions have produced some of the most expensive buys in the past seasons and the likes of Ben Stokes along with his England team-mate Sam Curran and Australia all-rounder Cameron Green are some of the overseas players, who are expected to attract the biggest bids if they enter the auction this year.

Meanwhile, three teams – CSK, DC and LSG – bought only seven overseas players at the previous auction, so they could be on the lookout to fill up the last spot while other teams could release one or more of their overseas players to create vacancies and increase their purses.

A total of six franchises had brought in injury replacements — Adam Milne replaced by Matheesha Pathirana (CSK), Tymal Mills replaced by Tristan Stubbs (MI), Nathan Coulter-Nile replaced by Corbin Bosch (RR), Mark Wood replaced by Andrew Tye (LSG), Alex Hales replaced by Aaron Finch (KKR) and Jason Roy replaced by Rahmanullah Gurbaz (GT) during IPL 2022.

All these teams will now have to decide whether to retain the replacement player or the original player, or both provided the player limit allows.

Robin Uthappa announces retirement from all forms of the game

Right-handed batter Robin Uthappa on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of Indian cricket.

The 2007 T20 World Cup-winning batsman had last played for India in 2015. He, on Wednesday, took to Twitter to announce his decision.

“It’s been 20 years since I started playing professional cricket, and it has been the greatest honour to represent my country and state, Karnataka- wonderful journey of ups and downs; one that has been fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable and has allowed me to grow as a human being. However, all good things must come to an end and with a grateful heart I have decided to retire from all forms of Indian cricket,” he wrote.

“While I will spend a significant time with my young family, I look forward to charting a new phase in life,” he added in his farewell note.

Uthappa represented India in 59 games (46 ODIs and 13 T20Is), and amassed 1183 international runs and was also a part of the victorious T20 World Cup campaign in 2007 under MS Dhoni.

Meanwhile, the 36-years-old also thanked all the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises he played during his career.

Notably, in the cash-rich IPL, Uthappa played for Chennai Super Kings last season before which he also appeared for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in the 14 years of IPL.

Uthappa amassed 4952 runs from 205 IPL games at a strike-rate of 130.35 including 27 half-centuries.

On the other hand, in his first class career spanning 142 games, most of which coming for his home state of Karnataka, Uthappa totalled 9446 runs at an average of 40.46 which included 22 centuries.

Suresh Raina announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Former Indian all-rounder Suresh Raina on Wednesday announced his retirement from all formats of the game.

Taking to twitter, Raina, 35, announced the development through a social media post. He thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla and the fans for their support throughout his cricketing journey.

“It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank @BCCI, @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities,” Raina tweeted.

Despite being one of the most valuable player in the IPL, Raina couldn’t find a buyer at the mega players’ auction earlier this year.

Surprisingly, even CSK didn’t bid Raina.

Earlier, a report in Dainik Jagran had said that Raina is likely to ply his trade in T20 leagues in South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE.

“I want to continue playing cricket for two or three years. There are some exciting youngsters who are coming through the ranks of Uttar Pradesh cricket. I have already taken my No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA). I have informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah and vice-president Rajiv Shukla about my decision,” Raina was quoted as saying by Dainik Jagran.

As of now, Raina will feature in the upcoming edition of the Road Safety World Series, starting September 10.

“I will play in the Road Safety Series. T20 franchises from South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE have contacted me but I am yet to take any decision,” said Raina.

Notably, Raina drew curtains on his international cricket in 2020.

Faf du Plessis, Stephen Fleming announced as captain, head coach of Johannesburg Super Kings

Faf du Plessis and Stephen Fleming on Thursday were named as the captain and the head coah respectively of Johannesburg Super Kings in the SA20 league, starting in January next year.

The franchise, owned by Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited (CSKCL), who also own Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) also revealed the logo of the side.

Du Plessis, the former South Africa captain, had been picked by the franchise as one of its five direct signings alongside Moeen Ali, Maheesh Theekshana (both of them played for CSK in IPL 2022), Romario Shepherd and uncapped fast bowler Gerald Coetzee.

Commenting on the development, an elated Du Plessis, who played 100 matches for the CSK, first from 2011-15 and then from 2018-2021, said: “I have an extremely lucky and long relationship with Chennai. When the opportunity presented itself again, I was extremely happy with that. I think it’s going to be (the SA20 league) incredibly crucial for the sustainability of South African cricket.”

“I’ve almost been seeing first hand the difference that league cricket can have an impact on a country’s cricket,” he added.

On reuniting with CSK brand in SA20 league as captain of Johannesburg Super Kings, du Plessis said: “Certainly been involved with the IPL for the last 10-11 years. You see the difference that it makes to the young generation and the young players, especially in that Indian cricket team and environment. That knowledge and wisdom and experience that you can share across with your young talent in your own country, I think that’s extremely important for the growth of the national team.”

“The way that they’ve set up the league now looks like it’s going to be one of the big leagues across the globe,” added du Plessis

Meanwhile, Du Plessis also further paid tribute to influences of various leaders during his time with South Africa and then at the CSK camp.

“I’ve been lucky as a player and as a captain to have some really good leaders in my time. Starting under Graeme (Smith), then moving to AB de Villiers, then moving my time across to Chennai Super Kings, where Stephen Fleming was really influential at the beginning of my leadership journey,” he said.

“To be around MS Dhoni, to just watch and observe exactly what he does on and off the field…I’m extremely grateful to have learned from so many great players and leaders in the game. In terms of leadership, MS Dhoni has done the most. He’s the best guy to learn from,” du Plessis added.

On the other hand, Fleming, who has been CSK’s coach since 2009 after playing for them in inaugural IPL 2008 edition, said: “My last memory of being at the Wanderers was with Chennai (Super Kings), winning the Champions League. I remember it very fondly, it’s a wonderful ground. First thing I remember was the support that we got through South Africa, which was a surprise for all of us.”

“It just shows the passion of the South African cricket fans to follow good cricket and we like to produce that. We’re really hoping we can get good support from Johannesburg and around the country. That’s a big part of what Chennai is about,” added Fleming.

Significantly, the SA20 will be the third time when South Africa would be attempting to launch a franchise T20 league in the country as in the past, the attempt to start Global League T20 failed to happen in 2017.

Meanwhile, K.S. Viswanathan, CEO of CSKCL said: “We have been looking for opportunities for the past few years to get into outside franchise cricket. Cricket South Africa’s league is a very good opportunity. When they launched the league, we were very keen because of the fact that we have always had a good relationship with Cricket South Africa and also the fact that we enjoy a very good support base in South Africa.”

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who is the League Commissioner of SA20, was very excited by the prospect of CSK entering the SA20 bandwagon and du Plessis-Fleming partnership being reunited.

“We are very excited that we have been able to attract the likes of the Super Kings into South Africa. I mean they are an amazing franchise with a huge fanbase and the type of people you know with whom we can build a sustainable future with. So, from our perspective we are very excited and we are looking forward to January (2023) and there is a lot of work that is taking place behind the scenes,” said Smith.

Chennai Super Kings registers Rs 32.12 crore profit for FY22

Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd, the company which owns the famous Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), has closed last fiscal with a profit of Rs. 32.12 crore on a revenue of Rs 349.14 crore.

During the FY21, the company had earned a total income of Rs 253.69 crore and a net profit of Rs 40.26 crore.

As per the company’s annual report, the company’s total income went up as the CSK won the IPL title while the net profit came down owing to higher expenses. Notably, the 2021 IPL Season, which was held in India and was cancelled midway in 2021 due to Covid spread, was forcefully shifted to United Arab Emirates (UAE) later resulting in higher expenditure, the company said.

Last fiscal, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd floated a wholly-owned subsidiary Superking Ventures Private Ltd (SVPL).

Significantly, CSK in one of the most successful teams in the IPL history after winning the trophy in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021.

Chetan Sakariya, Mukesh Choudhary to participate in Queensland’s KFC T20 Max series

Promising Indian fast bowlers Chetan Sakariya and Mukesh Choudhary will participate in the KFC T20 Max tournament.

Choudhary, 26, who represented Chennai Super Kings in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), was signed by Wynnum-Manly while Sakariya, 24, who played for Delhi Capitals this year, joined Sunshine Coast.
The official Twitter handle of Queensland Cricket has announced the inclusion of the two pacers via a Twitter post on Friday afternoon.

As per reports, left-arm pacers Sakariya and Choudhary will spend time in Brisbane next month as part of an exchange with the renowned MRF Pace Academy. Player and coaching exchanges between the MRF Pace Foundation and Cricket Australia have been in place for more than 20 years, with the two Indian players marking the resumption of the relationship that was paused due to COVID.

Apart from playing in the KFC T20 Max competition, the Indian duo will train at the Bupa National Cricket Centre and join in with the Queensland Bulls pre-season preparations.

Sakariya has represented India in one ODI and two T20I matches as well, apart from making his name while playing for Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals in the IPL.

Voot to live stream upcoming season of Tamil Nadu Premier League

Voot, one of India’s leading OTT platforms, is all set to partner with Shriram Capital’s Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) to bring the sixth season of the T20 tournament for its viewers.

Commencing on June 23, 2022, this season will be available for cricket enthusiasts and viewers across India, on the platform. This initiative will add to the repertoire of diverse content on Voot and provide enhanced content choices and experiencers for its audience.

Launched in 2016, TNPL has grown to become Tamil Nadu’s premiere Twenty20 cricket league. The league consists of eight teams representing eight districts in Tamil Nadu and will have 32 matches in total.

While the opening match for the season between Chepauk Super Gillies and Nellai Royal Kings will live stream on June 23, 2022, the finals will live stream on July 31, 2022, at 7:15 pm.

Commenting on the development, Tamil Nadu Premier League, Secretary, R S Ramasaamy said: “The streaming of sports content, especially cricket, on OTT platforms has created a massive viewership base and Voot has emerged as a big player in recent times in this segment. We hope this association will make TNPL more popular by bringing in new viewers.”

On the other hand, speaking on the partnership with TNPL, Chanpreet Arora, Head, AVOD (Voot), Viacom18 Digital Ventures, said: “Tamil Nadu is an extremely important market for Viacom18 for both entertainment as well as sports. Given the league’s increasing popularity, as a brand we wanted to ensure that Tamil Nadu Premier League is available to a wider set of audiences. The competitive nature of the league is very engaging.”

“We as a brand have always looked out for opportunities wherein, we are able to make quality content available for viewers across India. We are looking forward to bringing in more value for the league and giving it a platform for it to scale-up and reach newer heights,” he added.

Significantly, the TNPL was formed in 2016 by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and the tournament is played between July and August of every year by eight teams representing eight districts of the Tamil Nadu state. Currently, Shriram Group is the sponsor of the tournament and the first season was inaugurated by former Indian cricket team and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The first season of the tournament was then won by the now defunct Tuti Patriots.

Notably, Voot is India’s leading digital video-on-demand streaming service from the house of Viacom18. With a content library of more than 80,000 + hours across Viacom18’s network content, exclusive content around network shows and Voot Originals, the platform caters to varying needs of discerning audiences across segments.

Voot is the country’s most engaging platform in the ad-supported service space. Voot continues to take the leadership mantel on innovation, across content, technology, and marketing initiatives, aimed at providing an immersive experience to its users.

RR would be hoping to click in all departments against CSK: Graeme Smith

Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith has reckoned that inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) would be aiming to give their best in their last league game of the season against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as it will help them finish in the top two of the points table.

The Sanju Samson-led side has played brilliantly in the most exciting IPL season and a win tonight will put them in the second spot on the leaderboard.

Talking about RR’s strategy against CSK – who were the second team to be eliminated from IPL 2022 – Smith claimed the men in pink and blue should look to put up a comprehensive show against the four-time champions.

Speaking on ‘CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, Smith said: “Jos Buttler should look to get another big knock under the belt. We’ve all talked about the importance of finishing in the top two and giving yourself an extra chance of playing in the knockouts. So that will be key for Rajasthan as well. They’ve played good cricket, they’ve found the form. Hetmyer is back after the birth of his first child so that’s a positive.”

“They would just be hoping that they click in all the departments against CSK. The top two will need to give them a good start,” he added.

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh also claimed that Rajasthan Royals have a golden opportunity to finish in the top two with a win over CSK and they will be disappointed if they lost this game.

Speaking on ‘CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, Harbhajan said: “It is a golden chance for Rajasthan Royals to finish in the top two and give them an extra shot at fighting for the trophy. Beating Chennai Super Kings is never easy for any team but Royals will be disappointed if they fail to win as they’ll lose the opportunity.”

The Royals are currenty placed third in the points table with 16 points in their kitty and another win could see them finish second in the ten-team standings. As of now, RR have won eight of their 13 games and have lost the remaining five.

On the other hand, MS Dhoni-led CSK is already out of the race to the playoffs as they had a season to forget after they managed to win just four out of their 13 games and they would now aim to finish the season on a winning note.