IPL 2020 : Dhoni and CSK likely to have 5 day camp in Chennai before boarding chartered flight for UAE

In order to get themselves ready for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), the Chennai Super Kings team is likely to have 5 days training camp in its home city Chennai. 
 
According to a report by Sportstar, 3-time champion CSK team is expected to gather at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium and have a five-day session for its Indian players from August 15-20 before flying out to UAE. 
 
As reported by InsideSport earlier team will board the Chartered flight from Chennai to UAE in the third week of August. 
 

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), has been trying to get permission to start cricketing activities at Chepauk for a while and it is now understood the requisite permission from the Greater Chennai Corporation has been secured and a formal letter is expected any time soon. 

The TNCA has managed to keep the ground and the practice net facilities at MAC-B in full readiness for the Chennai Super Kings squad to train there for a brief period according to the report. 

 
IPL 2020 : Where CSK will stay in UAE during IPL 2020 ?
 
The team will travel to Dubai via Chartered flights from Chennai. InsideSport has also learnt that the families of the team will not travel with the team. 
 
This means that the team leader Dhoni who is often seen traveling with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva to the tournaments, this time will have to spend time in IPL 2020 just with his team members. 
 
“We along with the players have decided that it does not make sense in these Covid times that players families should accompany them to UAE. No one wants to take risk with their families. Players will be assembling in Chennai and we will fly to Dubai from here only”, said CSK Management official. 
 
IPL 2020 : Where will CSK and MS Dhoni stay in Dubai ?
 
As reported by InsideSport earlier, unlike Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers who will be making Abu Dhabi as its base, CSK has decided to make Dubai as its base. In Dubai, the team will put up at a five-star property near Burj Khalifa. They are likely to book two-three floors of the hotel. 
 
Meanwhile according to a report in TOI, players and support staff will be assembling in Chennai on August 19 before flying out to Dubai in a chartered flight. “No commercial flights are being allowed to fly out so CSK have to arrange for a chartered flight,” said the source.
 
CSK is also likely to make ICC Academy in Dubai as its practice base. That is the reason team management has finalized a five star property for the team near Burj Khalifa which is not very far from the ICC Academy in Dubai. 
 
Check out where other IPL teams are planning to stay in UAE – 
 

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Led by David Warner, Sunrisers are planning to book a golf resort for their squad. The team management is currently in talks with Golf resorts in Dubai and may book the same for Sunrisers for the next 3 months.

Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians will make Abu Dhabi as its base instead of staying in Dubai. Abu Dhabi is round about 80-90 min journey by-road from Dubai and Mumbai Indians will prepare themselves for IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi. Not only this, Rohit’s team will not stay in a hotel but the Mumbai Indians team management is planning to rent out private apartments for their squad in Abu Dhabi according to sources. 
 
 
Kolkata Knight Riders 
 
Like MI, Sharukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders also will make Abu Dhabi as its base. But unlike Mumbai Indians, KKR squad will stay in a resort. According to some sources, KKR management is in talks with Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas in Abu Dhabi for the stay of their team