IPL 2020: Ravindra Jadeja to not be part of CSK's 6-day pre-season conditioning camp
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a prominent member of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise for a number of years now, will be missing the team's six-day IPL conditioning camp, that is scheduled to be held in Chennai between August 15 and 20.
Ravindra Jadeja will be the only prominent Indian player who will be missing out on the camp, which will feature the CSK skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu among others.
CSK chief executive officer Kasi Viswanathan confirmed that Ravindra Jadeja has ‘personal commitments’, and will, therefore, miss out on the pre-season conditioning camp, that is likely to focus on fitness, and will also include some cricket training.
"He has personal commitments," Kasi Viswanathan, the Super Kings chief executive officer told ESPNcricinfo.
The CSK CEO also confirmed that the franchise had been given written permission from the Tamil Nadu government to hold the camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. But no one apart from the staff and the players are allowed in the stadium.
Bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji is likely to be the only member of the coaching staff present at the camp. The other members of the staff, including head coach Stephen Fleming and assistant coach Michael Hussey, are likely to join the squad in Dubai on August 22.
Ravindra Jadeja will however be reaching Chennai in time to join his teammates on the flight to Dubai on August 21.
Talking about some of the overseas players, the CSK CEO also said that they were hopeful that Lungi Ngidi and Faf du Plessis both from South Africa would reach the UAE after September 1. South Africa has currently sealed its borders to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
"When we spoke to Faf and Ngidi they said yes, we are coming. They have said that they will only be coming after September 1," Viswanathan said.
The only other South African player in the CSK franchise, Imran Tahir, will join the squad directly after taking part in the Caribbean Premier League that is scheduled to be played between August 18 and September 10 in Trinidad and Tobago. Over there, he is part of last season’s finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors.