Editorial: Going on & on…

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has reportedly decided to retain their talismanic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the mega auction. The Indian cricket board drafted rules and guidelines for the auction ahead of the next edition of the IPL.

As per the rules, each team is allowed to retain a maximum of four players. There’s an edition of two new teams, and the existing teams have to submit their lists of retained players by 30 November and cricket pundits are speculating which players will be retained.

Apart from Dhoni, the franchise has retained all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who played key roles in CSK 2021 IPL title win.

The team is also in talks with England all-rounder Moeen Ali to come on board. The report also added that if Ali doesn’t agree to stay, CSK will move on to England pacer Sam Curran as the fourth option to retain.

KKR is likely to retain all-rounders, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell. They also have spinner Varun Chakravarty in the list of players to be retained. But no decision yet on Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. It has been understood that India opener KL Rahul has parted ways with Punjab Kings and is likely to lead the new Lucknow team.


NT Bureau