Australian Consulate-General in Chennai has made a special request to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise of Indian Premier League (IPL) before the IPL 2020 auction. They want to see more Australia players in the squad for the upcoming IPL auction which will take place in the next month
Recently, all the eight franchise of IPL have released the list of all the players who are retained for the next season. Chennai Super Kings released five players from the squad and kept the rest of the players. The players who have released are – Scott Kuggeleijn, Sam Billings, David Willey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, and Dhruv Shorey. They will be in the auction pool.
The IPL auction will be held on December 19 where all the franchises will try to grab the best of the players to complete the squad. However, the Australian Consulate in Chennai wants Chennai Super Kings to give more chances to Aussies players in the auction. “We’d love to see more Aussies playing for @ChennaiIPL… just saying,” they wrote.
— Aus Consulate Chennai (@AusCGChennai) November 16, 2019
As per the IPL history, Australia players have been playing a key role in Chennai’s success since the beginning. MS Dhoni-led CSK players managed to win Orange cap twice, and both times they were Australia players — Mathew Hayden and Mike Hussey.
Moreover, in the last couple of season, Shane Watson has become an important member for them. After winning the IPL 2018 final, he had nearly pulled off another win for CSK in the final of the last edition against Mumbai Indians. Chennai currently has INR 14.6 crore left in their purse for the auction of the next season.
Players Retained by CSK:
MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, M Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif.