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CSK begin full fledged preparations for IPL-12

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

: The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Saturday began full-fledged preparations for IPL-12 at the here.

Dhoni, who led the CSK to a third title triumph in the 2018 edition, trained with and Kedar Jadhav, who were part of the Indian team that played a five-match ODI series against recently.

The CSK captain, who landed in the city late on Friday, got down to business and was seen discussing with and

Dhoni, Rayudu, Jadhav, Raina and the others batted at the nets under the watchful eyes of Fleming and Hussey.

The domestic players in the squad, including Karn Sharma, KM Asif and 'keeper N Jagadeesan began training on March 6.

discard and opener Murali Vijay joined the preparatory camp a few days later.

The foreign players in the CSK squad are expected to join the training camp in the days to come as would and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who are part of the squad that is playing the final ODI against Sri Lanka at today.

Hussey, who was supervising the first day of the full-fledged training, said with a team like CSK there are always expectations and added that they can take a lot of confidence from the last season.

"With a team like there is always expectations but I think we can take a lot of confidence from the last season going into the new one," the former was quoted as saying on the CSK website.

He also said the team hoped to play more matches in Chennai this time after it was forced to rebase to Pune last season owing to the political climate in due to the Cauvery river water dispute.

"Hopefully, we get plenty more games in Chennai as well, in front of our home fans who we often feel are an extra fielder for us," Hussey added.

Meanwhile, sale of tickets for the first game of IPL-12 between CSK and Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers on March 23, began today.

According to sources, tickets for the tournament opener were sold out.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 21:10 IST