This may come as a shock, but the fact that the highly consistent 3-time champions Chennai Super Kings will not feature in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is the first time in their decade-long campaign that the Indian T20 League is desirable.
M.S. Dhoni’s return to competitive cricket does not reveal the way he should have been ‘Tala’ and his ‘yellow army’, as their poor performance in IPL matches will soon be eliminated from the qualifying race.
With speculation that Dhoni may wear the ‘yellow jersey’ for another season in the IPL, there is a bright chance that the legend will go on to headline ‘Down Under’ to finish in the Big Bash League (PPL).
If one takes a closer look at a report on cricket.com, many BPL owners are eager to get the services of Indian T20 players MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh next season.
With the decision to increase the number of foreign players on the Think Tank team in the BPL from two to three per team, all owners expect to add more foreign talent to their list.
While Raina, Dhoni and Yuvraj bring a lot of experience to the table, the most famous and respected cricketers can enhance the already famous BPL brand with their stellar power.
It remains to be seen which way Dhoni and his former CSK teammate Suresh Raina Charter will go to play in the Big Bash League. They have no objection to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) complying with the Board’s policy of allowing Indian players to play in foreign leagues.
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has already been allowed to play cricket in foreign leagues after announcing his retirement from IPL and international cricket. However, Raina and Dhoni are part of the CSK team under the IPL fold.
The famous UV-Raina-Dhoni trio are very likely to play in the IPL as they will not have any cricketing commitment when the new BPL season starts in December at the end of this year.
The Indian cricket team will fly to Australia to capture the ‘Aussies’ for all forms of bilateral work, starting with the first ODI scheduled to be played at the SCG on November 27.
Following the official approval of the Australian Government for the high octane series, India is set to lock the horns in their backyard with Australia. Sydney and Canberra will play as guests for the first set of ODIs, part of a full-fledged series between the powerhouses of world cricket.