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MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings confirm interest in buying women’s IPL team

The CSK CEO dismissed all the rumours around a rift between the four-time champions and the Indian all-rounder saying everything was fine.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 3 July 2022 10:39 am

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given many indications about the inaugural edition of the Women’s IPL. The Indian Cricket Board has repeatedly assured that a Women’s IPL is just around the corner. This has invoked interest in the stakeholders of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Many franchise owners have expressed interest in owning a Women’s IPL team.

After Rajasthan Royals, MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have also shown interest in owning a women’s IPL team. CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanath has said that as soon as BCCI announces the organizing of women’s IPL, the Tamil Nadu-based franchise will make its move to own a team in the women’s IPL.

“Once the BCCI decides to have women’s cricket, we will be interested. We will take a call when it is offered to us,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told Sportstar on Saturday. Vishwanath firmly believes there is a possibility for Women’s IPL. “Look at the improvement in India’s women’s cricket after getting the recognition,” he said.

Everything is fine: Vishwanath on relation between Jadeja and CSK

The CSK CEO also dismissed all the rumours of a rift between the four-time champions and the Indian all-rounder saying everything was fine. About the speculation from some quarters that everything wasn’t right between CSK and Ravindra Jadeja, he said that wasn’t true. “Everything is fine,” he said.

The CSK CEO also talked about CSK’s success in the IPL and credited MS Dhoni and the scouts for the franchise’s success so far in the IPL. “We have eight or nine former first-class cricketers as talent scouts at the CSK since its inception. They follow the domestic game so closely. So when we wanted someone who could bowl with raw pace, we could rope in K. M. Asif; our scouts from Kerala, Sunil Oasis and M. A. Satheesh, had been tracking him.”

Vishwanath also talked about the importance of the Tamil Nadu Premier League and said how CSK has been closely following the players in the T20 league. “At the TNPL we have around 75 players from districts in the eight teams. The TNPL has helped Tamil Nadu cricket in a big way. It has produced 14 IPL players; that is a big number for a young league,” he said.

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