‘We weren’t ready for it’

‘We weren’t ready for it’

CSK are but to resolve on a alternative for the Australia pacer.

Josh Hazlewood and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Just like final 12 months, Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) pre-season coaching has been marred as soon as once more by one other participant withdrawal. CSK’s preparation for IPL 2020 was affected when two of their senior gamers – Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh – pulled out of your entire match citing private causes. In their absence, CSK struggled and didn’t qualify for playoffs for the primary time of their historical past.

And forward of IPL 2021, CSK’s preparations have been hit as soon as once more as their Australian recruit Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of this 12 months’s competitors. The right-arm pacer has determined to skip IPL 2021 with the intention to keep in form for Australia’s upcoming calendar. He grew to become the third Australian participant, after Josh Philippe and Mitchell Marsh, to withdraw forward of this season.

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The 30-year previous has been leaping out and in of bio-secure bubbles since July final 12 months. In July, Australia toured England earlier than Hazlewood flew to the UAE for the IPL. It was adopted by the lengthy dwelling sequence towards India comprising three ODIs, three T20Is, and 4 Tests. And with the intention to keep away from one other lengthy keep within the bio-bubble this 12 months, Hazlewood has determined to skip IPL 2021.

“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months. We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown on the end of that,” Hazlewood informed cricket.com.au.

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We have our bases coated: CSK official

Josh Hazlewood’s sudden resolution has taken CSK without warning. According to a senior official of the franchise, CSK weren’t prepared for such a state of affairs. Hazlewood’s departure is being seen by many as an enormous loss for the three-time IPL champions. The official, nevertheless, mentioned that CSK are but to return to a conclusion relating to a possible alternative for the Australian and in addition said that the group has all its bases coated.

“It is a sudden development and we were not prepared for it. We will look at various options before arriving at a decision. But we have our bases covered. So if the team management feels we don’t need a replacement, we might not seek one,” a senior CSK official informed the Times of India.

Meanwhile, CSK will probably be trying to put up a greater present within the upcoming season after their disastrous marketing campaign in IPL 2020. Last 12 months, they completed on the seventh spot within the eight-team competitors. CSK have been bolstered by the return of Raina in addition to some new additions like Moeen Ali and Krishnappa Gowtham.

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