Harbhajan Singh set to miss early phase of IPL citing personal issues


Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh will not travel with his teammates of Chennai Super Kings to Dubai on Friday as his mother is not well, as per the reports of Times of India. However, he is expected to join the team in UAE in two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Chennai Super Kings team has been in the middle of a training camp at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai for the upcoming T20 league. The camp features the Chennai captain MS Dhoni and the likes of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav too apart from Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja.

According to the newspaper report, all CSK players have tested negative for COVID-19 and also cleared the way for their travel for the IPL 2020. The tournament is going to start on September 19 and final will be played on November 10.

Chennai Super Kings, three-time IPL champions, was the runner-up in the last season where they lost to Mumbai Indians by one run in the final.

Earlier, bowling coach L Balaji had said that the cricketers wouldn’t have any issues to get back in the zone despite the imposed lock-down break due to global pandemic novel COVID-19

“I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult, because all your life you have played this sport. So many years of understanding will come in handy to get back to your best,” Balaji said to PTI.

“Experience will definitely be important. It has been proven in big tournaments like IPL. Dhoni is always a process backing leader. There is no short cut in his leadership, but he is someone who believes in opportunity and exposure rather than cutting and chopping,” Balaji said.

On the other hand, Tthe BCCI has received the formal approval from the central government to host the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE, IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel has revealed the news.

“Yes, we have received all the written approvals,” Patel told PTI when he was asked whether the permission has come in writing from both the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Notably, if an Indian sports body shifts a domestic tournament outside India, they require the clearance from Home, External and sports ministries respectively to host the tournament there.

“Once we had the verbal okay from the government, we had intimated the Emirates Cricket Board. Now we have the papers also, so franchises can be intimated that everything is in order,” a veteran BCCI official said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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