IPL 2012 April 19, 2012

Albie Morkel returns to South Africa

ESPNcricinfo staff

Albie Morkel, the Chennai Super Kings allrounder, has returned to South Africa to attend the funeral of Louis Vorster who died after being shot during an armed robbery in Gauteng on Tuesday. Morkel is expected to return later in the tournament, though no date has been specified.

"Albie Morkel has travelled back to South Africa first thing this morning after hearing of the death of a very close friend at Johannesburg overnight," Stephen Fleming, the Super Kings coach said. "He goes with our best wishes and sympathies. He will take further part in the IPL, but we are not sure when that is. So on behalf of CSK, we extend our sympathies to Albie and obviously look forward to getting him back as soon as we can."

Ahead of their match against Pune Warriors, Super Kings could have selection issues following the poor form of opener M Vijay, who has scored 31 runs in five matches.

"The [pre-match] discussion will certainly revolve around players who have not been doing what they are expected to do," Fleming said. "We would like a player to be consistent with his performance. The coach's job is not easy one. It is up to me to [get] Vijay [back] to his usual form."

One of Vijay's possible replacements, Abhinav Mukund, is recovering from an ankle injury sustained during training before the start of the tournament. "He [Abhinav] is pretty much close to 100%. He is pretty much into the selection discussion. We have good cricketers in the team like [Anirudha] Srikkanth and Wriddhiman Saha, and it is a matter of a balancing act."

Super Kings had another injury scare in the previous match when captain MS Dhoni seemingly did damage to his hamstring. However, Fleming said that Dhoni has received adequate treatment and should be available for the Warriors match. "I think Dhoni is fine. He has been having treatment for the hamstring injury sustained in the last game. We expect him to play his full part in the [Warriors] game."

Super Kings are playing Warriors in their sixth match of the season in Chennai. They have lost three matches, including a loss to Warriors in Pune.

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  • dummy4fb on April 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I think we can try Styris in the absence of Albie. If Abhinav is 100% fit, then he will be automatic choice.

  • NP_NY on April 19, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Our heart-felt condolences to Albie. May his friend Louis Vorster's soul rest in peace. CSK losing Albie for a few matches is nothing compared to Albie's loss today.

  • Vilander on April 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Poor Albie, hang in there mate..

  • starincricket on April 19, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Its sad news that albie lost his close frnd.. our deep condolence to him and his frnd's family. For csk, albie is biggest lost as of now. hoping he ll be back soon. aniruth could be a better replacement for vijay for his recent performance. but Vijay is good timer of the ball. he shd be put under pressure to perform as albie is not there.. can vijay be fill the gap for albie? its big to ask now.. hope he ll get back...

  • dummy4fb on April 19, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    i dn't understand...csk can rotate vijay 4 ny othr plyr 4 the opning spot bt 4 albie...nt Bollinger or Kula...every ne forget Styris...he will be the best option...

  • bhardwaj14 on April 19, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    @sathiya narayan: i cant understand why everytime when there is a conversation about cricket people come up criticizing sachin...this article wasnt even remotely implying towards sachin....take a break fella!!

  • theswami on April 19, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    CSK today ....... Abhinav, Francois DuPlessis, Raina,Badri, Bailey(C), Jadeja, Bravo, Saha (wk), Ashwin, YoMahesh, Kulasekara.

  • satish619chandar on April 19, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @Haleos : Yes he didn't perform this season.. But he was excellent in last couple of IPLs and was very much instrumental in CSK getting the championships.. A proven performer like him can be given some extra chances and who knows, he might find his range next game and it might be a turning point for him as well as team.. It is not a waste of chance but a reward for the performance he gave in the past..

  • dummy4fb on April 19, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    yet a another sad news for csk our big power hitter Albie Morkel returns home

  • Haleos on April 19, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Fleming said. "We would like a player to be consistent with his performance". Vijay is consistent alright. He is scoring in the same way in each match. What a overrated player. Full of arrogance. No substance.

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