Chennai Super Kings (CSK) keen to have a team in Women’s IPL: Four-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are interested in having a team in the proposed Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL), confirmed CEO of the franchise Kasi Vishwanathan recently.
Vishwanathan, who was present at a cricket conclave organised by the city-based Ranji Memorial Society ECC, said that if the cricket board present an offer to own and operate the women’s IPL team, they would be more than interested in the opportunity.
“Once the BCCI decides to have women’s cricket, we will be interested. We will take a call when it is offered to us,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told.
CSK CEO said that after getting proper recognition, women’s cricket is developing and there is always a scope for women’s IPL.
“Look at the improvement in India’s women’s cricket after getting the recognition,” he added.
Domestic Scouts in CSK:
Vishwanathan also talked about why CSK is so successful in the Indian Premier League since its inception. He said the presence of domestic talent scouts played a major role in their journey so far.
“We have eight or nine former first-class cricketers as talent scouts at the CSK since its inception. They follow the domestic game so closely. So when we wanted someone who could bowl with raw pace, we could rope in K. M. Asif; our scouts from Kerala, Sunil Oasis and M. A. Satheesh, had been tracking him.”
CSK CEO added that the franchise followed all the small leagues in Tamil Nadu besides the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
“At the TNPL we have around 75 players from districts in the eight teams. The TNPL has helped Tamil Nadu cricket in a big way. It has produced 14 IPL players; that is a big number for a young league,” he said.
Disappointing IPL 2022 Outing:
Towards the end, Kasi Vishwanathan admitted that the Tata IPL 2022 was disappointing for the franchise and the fans. But he asserted that their fans are mature enough to understand the game of cricket well.
“But they understand cricket is a game and one or two years would be like that. The fans have been the backbone of CSK.”
When asked about the purported gossip about everything not looking good between Chennai Super Kings and Ravindra Jadeja, Vishwanathan replied, “Everything is fine.”