New Delhi: Preparations for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) are gaining momentum. There will be a mini auction before the IPL starting March 25, during which all franchisees will keep an eye on the inclusion of some special players in their squad. All eight franchises have already released and retained their players. During the IPL auction, all the teams eye Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Alex Hales and David Malan.
Former Indian cricket team opener Aakash Chopra believes former three-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) may include Glenn Maxwell or Steve Smith in their squad at the IPL auction.
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Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel: “Chennai (CSK) only has one niche overseas. The arrival of Suresh Raina strengthens the team’s middle order, but CSK may still need an opener away from home. Shane Watson has already retired while Murali Vijay has been released.
He said: “CSK has paid more attention to foreign workers in recent years. I think Glenn Maxwell’s name must cross his mind. The team does not have an off-spinner and no off-spinner will be readily available in the auction. In such a situation, off-spin bowling can be done with the Maxwell opening. Anything can happen if the rest is Dhoni.
Aakash Chopra further stated that CSK can also include Steve Smith, Jason Roy or Aaron Finch. There may also be a Malan option, but Dhoni prefers to play with experienced players. Dhoni wants to keep tested players on the squad.
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Akash reckons Robin Uthappa is struggling to find a place among the last 11 players. He said: “ I don’t think Uthappa will get a spot in Game 11. The team has Rituraj Gaykwad, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plesis in the upper order and Dhoni (MS Dhoni) himself in the middle order. In such a situation, it is difficult for Uthappa to secure a place. I believe that the opening can be done from Gaikwad ”.
Please say that before the start of the IPL there may be a mini auction in the first or second week of February. The 14th season of the IPL will start on March 25, while the final match will be played on May 15.