IPL 2020: Huge blow for CSK’s preparatory camp as Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and other overseas stars to join late

Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) preparatory campaign for the thirteenth edition has already suffered its first blow, with the non-availability of their key overseas players. The three-time IPL champions might find difficulty in conducting the preparatory camp, ahead of the start of the upcoming edition of the tournament. According to recent…

IPL 2020: Huge blow for CSK’s preparatory camp as Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and other overseas stars to join late

Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) preparatory campaign for the thirteenth edition has already suffered its first blow, with the non-availability of their key overseas players.

The three-time IPL champions might find difficulty in conducting the preparatory camp, ahead of the start of the upcoming edition of the tournament.

According to recent developments from South Africa, Fad du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi are expected to join the CSK squad late in the UAE.

Apart from the two South African internationals, the participation of Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner, in the camp remains doubtful, due to their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) commitments. The eighth edition of the CPL begins from August 18 and will be played until September 10.

Moreover, head coach Stephen Fleming, Michael Hussey and all-rounder Shane Watson shall be present in the preparatory camp in the UAE, around August 22.

Elsewhere, the Australian and English contingent in the IPL will only be able to join their respective troops after mid-September due to international commitments.

The initial fitness camp will be held at Chepauk in the presence of 15 Indian players.

The fitness and preparatory camp is all set to begin at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on August 15.

Meanwhile, fast bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji has suggested that the squad will be looking forward to picking up from where they left off in March.

“But each player will have their own different routines and formula to prepare for the tournament. The idea is to give them enough space and freedom to understand their body and find their rhythm before coming together as a group,” Balaji told Times of India.

IPL 2020 will be the first time fans will witness the Indian cricketing stars in action, post prolonged COVID-19 hiatus. All eyes will be on CSK talisman MS Dhoni and his return to competitive cricket.

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ENG vs PAK: Bowlers shine as England takes control on Day 1 of the second Test

England and Pakistan kicked-off the second Test of the three-match series on Thursday (August 13) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The English cricket team made two changes in the form of Zak Crawley, who replaced Ben Stokes and all-rounder Sam Curran came in for pacer Jofra Archer. For Pakistan, middle-order batsman Fawad Alam was…

ENG vs PAK: Bowlers shine as England takes control on Day 1 of the second Test

England and Pakistan kicked-off the second Test of the three-match series on Thursday (August 13) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The English cricket team made two changes in the form of Zak Crawley, who replaced Ben Stokes and all-rounder Sam Curran came in for pacer Jofra Archer.

For Pakistan, middle-order batsman Fawad Alam was the only change as he replaced all-rounder Shadab Khan in playing XI. Fawad made a comeback in Test cricket after a gap of 11 years.

After opting to bat first in testing conditions at the Rose Bowl, the visitors faced an early setback when England seamer James Anderson trapped opener Shan Masood in-front off the 14th ball of the innings to leave Pakistan on 6/1.

England pacers kept on bowling at good line and lengths, which caused the tourists a lot of trouble. Though, Abid Ali and managed to survive the swing and seam, helping Pakistan reach 65/1 at lunch.

Abid also got some help from England’s slip fielders who dropped him twice, while Pakistan captain was fortunate that the ball didn’t clip his bails even after hitting the stumps during the 12th over of the innings.

In the second session, Anderson got his 592nd wicket when he sent Azhar back to the pavilion. The Pakistani skipper after labouring hard for his 20 runs got out on peach of a delivery by handling a simple catch to second slip.

Meanwhile, Abid turned out to be Pakistan’s best batsman on the opening day as he reached his third Test half-century when play resumed after a lengthy rain delay.

Still, Abid couldn’t carry on the momentum and failed to convert his fifty into a three-figure score as a Sam Curran delivery drew an outside edge which went straight to Rory Burns. Abid scored 60 runs off 111 balls.

As if the trouble wasn’t enough, Pakistan lost two more wickets in quick successions before the rain forced the match officials to call off the proceedings on Day 1.

During the 43rd over of Pakistan’s first innings, Stuart Broad also joined the party as he removed Asad Shafiq for 5 runs. Broad bowled a full delivery, and Shafiq followed it for a drive. The ball nipped away and carried an outside edge straight to fourth slip.

Bowlers dismissing Asad Shafiq most number of times in Tests:

  • 9 – Rangana Herath
  • 6 – Stuart Broad
  • 5 – Mitchell Starc
  • 5 – Vernon Philander

Then came Alam, who was dismissed for a duck on his return to Test cricket after 3910 days at Hampshire’s headquarters. The left-handed batsman with an extremely open stance was adjudged lbw after a review on all-rounder Chris Woakes’ bowling.

At stumps, Pakistan reached 126/5 with Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan not out on 25 and 4, respectively.

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