Chennai Super Kings is officially back in IPL 2018 post two-year ban, MS Dhoni expected to return as captain

One of the most successful franchise of India Premier League, Chennai Super Kings is set to return in IPL 2018 after facing a two-year ban on spot-fixing

The ban on Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai SuperKings (CSK) is over and they are raring to feature in the next edition of the cash-rich league. The spot-fixing scandal that caused the two-year ban on CSK is over and the owners Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited (CSKCL) have already started their plans for the team. The promotional campaign is going to be launched soon this Friday as they aim to bring back the memories of CSK through social media platform. They will promote the journey of CSK over the years.

CSKCL’s one of the directors K George John is ecstatic about the return of the legendary IPL team, he said, “It’s a new start. On Friday, we will have two activities on social media to mark the team’s return. ‘Super Moments’ will revisit our title wins, Ashwin-Gayle saga and a few others. Then we will ask fans to send their Super Selfie with CSK stars and with yellow jersey,”

It seems that the popularity of CSK has not gone down despite their absence from the season for the past two years, he said,  “We have got a lot of inquiries from various sponsors. We have had support from the sponsors and the fans have been phenomenal in supporting us,”

John was very keen to get their iconic skipper MS Dhoni as he said, “If we are given an option of retaining a player, it will definitely be Dhoni,”

Though they are yet to discuss it with Dhoni, John clarified, “We haven’t yet interacted with Dhoni as his contract with Pune ends later this year. However, we will speak to him in the future as and when we make our plans for the next season,”

“For us, loyalty is very important. That’s been our strength over the years. Though we haven’t yet taken a final decision on the support staff, we are definitely thinking of retaining the old support staff,” he added.

The coaching staff too will return to the fold which comprises of former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming as Head Coach, former Australian bowler Andy Bichel as bowling coach, Steve Rixon as fielding coach and analyst as Lakshmi Narayan.