The MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings will be the first team to travel to United Arab Emirates for the Indian Premier League 2020, according to a report in Gulf News.
While most teams are expected to reach UAE by August 20, CSK could head there in the second week of August to acclimatise to conditions and prepare for the tournament.
CSK were the runners-up last season, having lost to Mumbai Indians in a thrilling final. Interestingly, CSK had kick-started their preparations early in March this year before the tournament was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some key players have been training individually as well. Most notably, Suresh Raina has been hitting the nets frequently along with the likes of Piyush Chawla and Rishabh Pant and posting updates on social media.
Recently, Dhoni’s followers on Twitter had now gone berserk after IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that the tournament will be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 8. However, the organisers are still awaiting the approval from the Union government for taking IPL out of India. With the announcement of the schedule, Dhoni’s fans expect that he will again don the yellow jersey of Chennai Super Kings and lead the franchise in the tournament. Former India cricketer Kidambi Srikanth, expressing his excitement, said that he is looking forward to seeing Dhoni play again.
Great to know #IPL2020 is happening. I’m excited and looking forward to see @msdhoni play again! 💪🏻 — Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) July 24, 2020
Thought it's not been officially announced, the IPL is expected to begin on September 19.