Chennai Super Kings are eagerly awaiting their return to the Indian Premier League fold. Amidst speculation of the team franchisees India Cements gunning for a team in the forthcoming South African premier league, returns to the IPL has been top priority for the Chennai based franchisee.
“We are looking forward to the July 14th date when the two-year ban (on CSK) will be over. From there on we will look forward to our coveted place in IPL,” Mr George Thomas, Manager, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited has told InsideSport. South African league is not a priority at all. “We have not decided (on SA league) as yet,” says Mr George as a source in the CSK confirmed to InsideSport that the N Srinivasan-owned franchisee will not be joining the South African league.
Decks for CSK and Rajasthan Royals’ return to IPL are clearing now. According to a Times of India report the BCCI is now gearing up to welcome two of its oldest franchises on the very day that it releases the ‘Invitation To Tender (ITT)’ for the IPL media rights. InsideSport has reported yesterday that the BCCI has decided to invite media rights tenders for a five-year period as against 10 years, for which tenders were floated last year.
Two-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings and 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the IPL for two seasons – 2016 & 2017 – by the Supreme Court following the spot-fixing scandal in 2013.
CSK supremo N Srinivasan has gone on record with his interest to have skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni back in the Super Kings’ fold. A formal announcement is expected soon after IPL 10.
The Royals, meanwhile, are in talks with a leading corporate – that already has interests in the IPL as of now – for a possible stake sale and could return to the tournament from the 2018 edition onwards with a new cowner.