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India, SA teams to assemble on March 22

Chennai Super Kings have named popular Tamil actor Vijay as their Star Brand Ambassador.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2008 09:08 PM IST

Members of Team India and South Africa would assemble here on Saturday for their first Test, beginning on March 26.

The teams are scheduled to have their practice sessions from Sunday.

The BCCI will have its Working Committee meeting and felicitation of Anil Kumble on March 25.

Meanwhile, Indian one-day and Twenty20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai SuperKings team for the IPL event would be announced tomorrow.

Chennai Super Kings have named popular Tamil actor Vijay as their Star Brand Ambassador.

"We have finalised our team with the inclusion of two Under-19 India players - Abhinav Mukund and Napoleon Einstein.

"You may expect some more surprises too," former Indian player and member of the National Senior Selection Committee, V B Chandrasekar told PTI in his capacity as in-charge for cricketing matters for Chennai Super Kings.

"None of the Indian players will be present at tomorrow's function since being busy with Deodhar Trophy matches. We have decided to have our launch of the IPL team sometime before end of this month," he said.

The SuperKings have roped in Matthew Hayden, Stephen Fleming, Jacob Oram, Michael Hussey, Albie Morkel, Muthiah Muralitharan and Makhaya Nitni amongt the foreign stars.

The team led by Dhoni also has S Badrinatrh, R Ashwin, Vidyuth Sivaramakrishnan, Anirudh Srikkanth from Tamil Nadu.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has not acceded to South Africa's request to arrange a warm up match since all city grounds have been allocated for City League matches.

South Africans were originally to play a 3-day tie in Mumbai but prefered to arrive in Chennai.

Ticket sales for the first Test has been "encouraging," Kasi Viswanathan, Secretary, TNCA, said.

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