Chennai Super kings and Rajasthan Royals, the fallen angels of Indian cricket are all set to make a comeback to the big stage. Indian Premier League are yet again getting acquainted with two of the biggest sides in the Indian T20 scene. After being absent from the fold for two years following an infamous spot-fixing scandal these two T20 giants are again back in the initial echelon of the 8 teams that kicked off IPL in 2008, a decade earlier.
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, both previous winners of this lucrative T20 tournament were banned for 2 years effective immediately after the 2015 edition of the tournament because of the involvement of some of their owners in an ugly spot-fixing scandal back in 2013. Supreme Court appointed Lodha committee carried out the verdict suspending both these giants of Indian cricket for two years. Two other teams, namely, Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants were introduced into the fold for these 2 years to continue the competition with the same number of teams it started off with initially.
Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals back in IPL 2018 :
Effective from July 2017 the ban on both the franchises are lifted and they are ushered back into the initial set of 8 teams that IPL started off with. IPL chairman has also went onto say that it is his privilege to welcome two former champions into the IPL family again. Further, he also claimed that the IPL managing committee has had a long standing professional relationship with both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings and they sincerely hope to build on these close ties that they have had in the past and head towards the next instalments of this tournament.
Chennai Super Kings have officially announced their return to the Indian Premier League through social media. One of the directors, K George John also organized a few activities on the Social network to mark this return after a rather infamous exit from the cricketing scene a couple of years back. This has sparked life into cricket fans all over India considering the huge fanbase CSK boasts off.
The director also took this opportunity to address the media regarding their thoughts on player retention and IPL’s policy regarding the same but has clearly expressed CSK’s interest in retaining their golden boy, MS Dhoni, who has been leading the Chennai side in yellow since the very inception of IPL a decade earlier. The CSK board has also made it clear that they would like to keep their mentors, staffs and coaches unchanged.
The return of both these superpowers has also fueled speculation about the fate of Gujarat Lions and RPS, who apparently had a 2-year contract with IPL. With the return of two prodigal sons of Indian cricket it remains to be seen what the fate of these two sides hold but the competition is expected to heat up further. In the process, providing Cricket fans with far more drama, intensity and nail-biting cricket action than what they signed up for. The eleventh edition of The Indian Premier League promises to be one for the record books.