IPL 2021: CSK CEO not too worried about England players unavailability – InsideSport

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IPL 2021 Phase 2: CSK not too worried about England player’s unavailabity. ©Twitter

IPL 2021 Phase 2: The BCCI is pushing hard to make the September window available for the remaining Indian Premier League matches. The Indian cricket board will meet on Saturday to discuss the matter at the Special General Meeting. However, if the IPL 2021 Phase 2 gets finalized for September in UAE, franchises will have to play without their English players. That will surely impact teams such as Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.

CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, however, is not too worried about the shortcoming.  “If the players from England are not released, there is not much we can do. We would lose two important players,” he told Hindustan Times, “But nothing has come to us officially on player availability.

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Ashley Giles, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director has stated that the board will not tweak its home schedule to adjust the remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021. England are scheduled to play Bangladesh, followed by a Pakistan tour in September and October, before the T20 World.

CSK have invested a total of Rs 12.5 crore on two England players — Sam Curran (Rs 5.5 cr) and Moeen Ali (7 cr).

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The two players have been a vital cog in the MS Dhoni-led Chennai side. Although an experiment at No.3 position, Chennai have got results from Ali. The all-rounder showed great touch with the bat, and provided crucial runs on the scoreboard. In six matches he scored 206 runs at the strike rate of 157.25. He has also been effective with the ball, chipping five wickets at an economy of 6.16.

Curran, on the other hand, has been a revelation for CSK since his debut for the franchise last season. The England all-rounder has nine wickets in seven games.

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