Chennai Super Kings CEO KS Viswanathan has confirmed about Harbhajan Singh pulling out of IPL. The veteran off spinner will not be available for the franchise due to personal reasons.
The 40-year old has informed his decision to the team management on Friday. Initially, Harbhajan Singh was scheduled to join the team in Dubai separately. He asked the permission of the team management to join late due to his ill mother.
“Harbhajan has just informed us that he won’t take part due to personal reasons. We will discuss with the team management and accordingly take a decision on whether to seek a replacement or not. We have just come to know about his decision. So we will need time,” KS Viswanathan confirmed to TOI.
Harbhajan was initially thought to join in the last week of August. However, the sudden spurt of cases in CSK camp has dampened the mood inside the team. Suresh Raina was the first to pull out of the tournament last week.
There were reports that Harbhajan Singh could completely abandon the tournament due to the current circumstances. After some deliberation, Harbhajan Singh decided to follow the steps of Suresh Raina. Besides that he also has various personal reasons to not compete as well.
“I have informed the CSK management about my decision to pull out of this year’s IPL. I have decided to take a break due to personal reasons in these difficult times. I expect that everyone would respect my need for privacy,” Harbhajan revealed.
Chennai Super Kings In Too Much Chaos
CSK are in deep trouble with the recent developments over the past couple of weeks. First the corona crisis then Suresh Raina’s withdrawal hit the franchise hard.
Now missing the experience of Harbhajan Singh looks to be another massive blow to CSK. He played a key role in helping Chennai reach finals last season. However, he will be dearly missed by Chennai Super Kings’ fans this season.
On the other hand, CSK players and staff have taken their final corona test on Thursday. Luckily all of them were declared negative and will be able to train from Friday. They started a week later than other teams. This could prove to have a bad effect on the players going into the first matches in the season.
However, considering the experience head of MS Dhoni, the team should do just fine. But whether they will reach knockouts is something that only time can tell!