IPL 2020: CSK CEO dismisses reports looking for Malan as Raina’s replacement

Chennai Super Kings have been handed a massive blow to their batting department after leading run-scorer Suresh Raina pulled out of the IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. Suresh Raina has been the consistent run-scorer for CSK. He will be dearly missed for the upcoming edition of the league.

IPL 2020: CSK CEO dismisses reports looking for Malan as Raina's replacement
Suresh Raina ruled out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons.

There are possibilities of him making a comeback because as soon as he arrived in Delhi he dropped a hint about his return to IPL. However, there hasn’t been any official update from him or from CSK. With Raina out of MS Dhoni’s team set-up for the IPL, a report started doing the rounds which suggested that CSK is looking to land Dawid Malan’s signature as Suresh Raina’s replacement.

Dawid Malan has been in a rich vein of form of late in the shortest format of the game. His major breakthrough came recently when he climbed ladders to take the numero uno spot in the latest ICC T20I rankings. The dangerous left-hander dethroned Pakistan’s Babar Azam to the second spot after showcasing his mettle in the just concluded T20I series against Australia.

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CSK CEO dismisses all reports:

Meanwhile, CSK franchise dismissed all such reports linking Dawid Malan with MS Dhoni-led team. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan stated that they can’t sign any overseas player because their foreign quota is already full in the first place. According to the rules, an IPL team can have as many as eight foreign and 17 Indian players (maximum of 24 players are allowed in IPL 2020)

Speaking to ANI, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said that they can’t sign any overseas player as their foreign quota is full. CSK already have eight overseas players in their squad, meaning that they cannot sign any other overseas player.

“This is news to me as well because our quota of foreign players is already full. So I don’t know how we can have another foreigner in the squad,” he added.

There is a positive update in CSK camp and Deepak Chahar has recovered from the virus infection and CSK CEO Viswanath himself confirmed that Chahar will start training with the team from Friday onwards. Deepak Chahar who was tested positive for coronavirus a few weeks earlier has now recovered from the disease a couple of days back.

However, he is yet to clear the fitness tests.”Deepak has all the necessary clearance from the CSK and BCCI side and will start training from today,” he said.

Chennai Super Kings will begin their IPL campaign against the defending champions, Mumbai Indians on September 19 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

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