Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have only seven foreign players to choose from when his team takes on the Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Wednesday. However, Australians Mike Hussey and Doug Bollinger are expected to join the Chennai Super Kings’ squad before Saturday’s home match against the Rajasthan Royals.
South African allrounder Justin Kemp is still under treatment for the back injury he suffered after bowling one delivery against the Kings XI Punjab at Chepauk on March 21. He has not played since. “Kemp is not available for the next match,” Super Kings manager Russell Radhakrishnan told HT on Monday.
Batsman Hussey and left-arm pacer Bollinger are busy playing for their country in the final Test in New Zealand that ends on Wednesday. “They will arrive in Chennai on April 1 (Thursday) and will be available from the match on April 3 (Saturday),” Radhakrishnan said.
Bollinger replaces injured New Zealander Jacob Oram, who has been ruled out of IPL III. Pushed to the brink after five losses in seven matches, the Super Kings need to turn their fortunes around quickly to have any chances of making the last four.
Third new stand opens
The third new stand at Chepauk will be opened to the public for Wednesday’s match, said the secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, KS Viswanathan.
Stand C looks exactly like Stands A and B to its left, with two tiers, a row of corporate boxes in the middle and white canopies on top.
“The capacity of the new stands together is about 10,000-10,500,” Viswanathan said.