Indian Premier League IPL 2021 Auction: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni will not attend the IPL 2021 auction with the CSK camp on Thursday (February 18), CSK CEO Kashi Vishwanath confirms on Wednesday. Notably, 'Captain Cool' has never attended the IPL auction in the past but widely expected to make his maiden appearance on the auction table this year after retiring from international cricket last year. The much-awaited auction for IPL 2021 is scheduled to take place on Thursday (February 18).
Barring MS Dhoni, head coach Stephen Fleming will also not address the auction. Meanwhile, his absence will be a huge blow for the three-time IPL winners as the former New Zealand skipper regularly attended the auction since taking charge of the team in 2009. Dhoni will be also eyeing deliverance after facing severe criticism for his slow batting and captaincy in IPL 2020.
The reason behind Stephan Fleming’s absence is the strict rules in place for people coming to India. As per the existing rules, Fleming needed to serve a mandatory quarantine period if he traveled to India. Vishwanath, however, made it clear that the officials will be in touch with the experienced lads during the IPL auction.
“They (Fleming and Dhoni) are not coming to Chennai for IPL Auctions but in today’s time, there are so many mediums to stay connected. They will be with us digitally,” the CSK CEO told PTI.
Dhoni-led CSK will be looking to bolster their squad after a disappointing season in IPL 2020. Super Kings had failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time ever in the IPL history as they finished at the 7th spot. CSK can sign a maximum of six players in the auction and have a purse of INR 19.96 crores.