CSK and RR to make IPL comeback next year


"The ban is officially over", George John, one of the directors of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, said.

Indian Premier League (IPL) sides Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals are all set to make a grand re-entry to the cash-rich league next season as their two-year ban gets over.

On Saturday, MS Dhoni uploaded a picture in yellow jersey, with number 7 and "Thala" written on his back. Watch the picture here. Thala which is a shorter version of Thalaiva means leader and Dhoni is the IPL 2018 captain for Chennai Super Kings.

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In fact, even though he plied his trade for Rising Pune Supergiant in the last two years - after the Chennai franchise was suspended for two years by the Lodha panel - Dhoni didn't waste a moment to bring out the CSK jersey as he welcomed the team back into the IPL fold.

India superstar MS Dhoni was the face of the CSK franchise, which won the IPL title in back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011.

In 2013, CSK and Rajasthan Royals were banned from the IPL as the Supreme Court had found them guilty in spot-fixing and betting scandal, the report added.

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An official said that it's nearly certain that Fleming will return to the yellow dugout after his contract with Rising Pune Supergiant gets over later this year.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla also expressed his happiness and said, "It is my privilege to welcome back our franchisees, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, into the 11th edition of the IPL". May they conform it as early, then it will be the biggest joy of the year for all the CSK fans out there.

Chennai Super Kings have also won the now-defunct Champions League T20 twice, in 2010 and 2014. "Both the teams have enjoyed tremendous on- field success and have a mass following" as per PTI.

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Dhoni looked in fine touch during the one-day series against the West Indies as he played two crucial knocks of 54 and 78 runs in two matches, but was blamed by the Indian fans for India's loss in the fourth ODI for playing too slow and not being able to take India to the finish line.