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South African domestic delays for CSK

A round-up of IPL news from April 1, 2013

With South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition in its closing stages, Chennai Super Kings could be without their two South African allrounders, Albie Morkel and the newly-signed Chris Morris, in the opening rounds of IPL 2013. Morris' domestic franchise, Lions, are set to play in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge final on April 7, which means Morris will miss Super Kings' opening game (v Mumbai Indian on April 6) and is doubtful for the second (v Kings XI Punjab on April 10). Morkel's availability for the start of the IPL depends on whether his domestic team, Titans, win their semi-final on April 3. "The earliest he [Morris] can fly out is the 8th and reach here on the 9th, so he will not be part of the side for the first game," Super Kings' manager Russell Radhakrishnan told Times of India. "Albie's side, if they don't make the final, he will be with us on the 5th."

No IPL in drought-hit Maharashtra, say politicians
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India's main opposition party and a member of the opposition coalition in Maharashtra, has said using water to prepare pitches in the state for the IPL, when several regions in the state are drought-ridden, is not "justified". Maharashtra is home to two IPL franchises: Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors. The party has reportedly appealed to the IPL's governing council to shift these franchises' matches out of the state. "What sense does it make to use many thousand litres of water to maintain the pitch on which cricket matches are played," BJP's leader of opposition in the state legislative council, Vinod Tawade, said. "There are talks of donating a part of revenue generated out of IPL matches to drought-hit Maharashtra. But when it comes to choosing between revenue and water, water is more important." The state's other opposition parties, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Shiv Sena have also objected to hosting IPL matches there.

KKR know how to tackle IPL now - Bhatia
Defending a title may be tougher than winning it in the first place, according to Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder Rajat Bhatia, yet his team, the defending champions, are quite confident going into IPL 2013. "To become champions it's difficult, to stay on top it is more difficult," Bhatia told PTI after a training session at Eden Gardens. "You have to be self-motivated. [But] having won it has improved our concentration. We know how to tackle it now." Knight Riders' captain, Gautam Gambhir, who had a mild dose of jaundice in the lead-up to the tournament, was back in training Bhatia confirmed: "Gautam is in good nick and is working hard to get his fitness back."

Shah Rukh Khan's Wankhede ban to stand
Knight Riders' owner Shah Rukh Khan will have to skip his team's match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede on May 7, after the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) confirmed that the five-year ban they had imposed on him in 2012 will stay. MCA president Ravi Savant told the Indian Express: "The MCA stand remains the same. The managing committee had taken a decision of imposing a five-year ban on him, and it will continue this season too." The ban was a result of Khan's scuffle with security guards at the stadium after last year's Mumbai Indians-Knight Riders game. He was accused of trying to walk on to the field of play after the game, while being drunk and abusive of officials. Khan, however, denied the allegations and said he was reacting to the "obnoxious" and "unpardonable" behaviour of the stadium's officials.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Anish on April 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    @palavadisuresh the 4th overseas player should be nannes!he is better than hilfy

  • Satish Chandar on April 2, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    CSK should start with Nannes.. Faf, Bravo, Albie and Nannes should be the starters and Morris should be the trump card swapped with Nannes for big games.. It will givet hem a big hitting batting line up if Morris plays with Vijay, Faf, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo, Badrinath, Morkel, Morris/Nannes, Jadeja, Ashwin, Jakati.. I personally prefer Nannes to play every game as we do need a full time bowler to bowl in death overs than a hardcore hitter like Morris at 8.. RJ can be that hitter.. CSK should look to go all out attack with bat as they always have MSD and Badri who can control the innings in case of top order collapse.. Should look to play Morkel in top 5 licensed to go ballistic.. Till SA guys come, there is Hilfy, Holder and Laughlin to bowl and Hussey to fill in as top order batsman..

  • vas on April 1, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Never leave Badrinath out. He is the man for crisis situation. It's Badrinath/ Hussey partnership against MI in the eliminator that helped CSK win the match last IPL. My team: Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Badrinath, Ashwin, Nannes, Hilfenhaus, Jakati

  • Senthil on April 1, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @Zahir Aslam - Sorry, I forgot about Nannes. Yes I think he will play, in all probability. Think CSK will leave Badri out? Thanks!

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Dirk Nannes will start for CSK. Hilf and Laughlin will toss up. Bravo and Hussey are dead certs. Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Anirudha, Bravo, Ashwin, Nannes, Hilf, 11) Badri/Jakati/Indian Noobie would be my pick.

  • Senthil on April 1, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    @palavadisuresh - No problem with balance at all. Death bowling specialist Ben Laughlin will play in the opening match for CSK. What about Faf DuPlessis? The four overseas players in the first game will be Faf/Hussey, Bravo, Ben Hilfenhaus and Ben Laughlin.

  • suresh kumar on April 1, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    dont know much about morris, but csk will miss albie morkel and his power hitting abilities. Only Hilfy, bravo, hussey are available leaving 4th overseas player spot makes thing intresting.

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