Dhoni may not keep for CSK

Chennai: It’s been a hectic schedule for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings team management may well relieve him of the wicketkeeping duties when they start their Champions Challenge campaign on December 4.

With Parthiv Patel in the squad and most likely to open the innings with Matthew Hayden, it’s likely that he will double up as the ‘keeper as well. “Dhoni is the best wicketkeeper-batsman but he will be more useful in the outfield. If Parthiv (Patel) plays as an opener, he will keep the wickets. He did a reasonably good work in the IPL. We have the option of more than one player to keep the wickets with Hussey also being there,” team director VB Chandrasekar said.

However, CSK won’t be able to avail the services of all-rounder Jacob Oram, who went back home from Bangladesh after suffering an injury. As for Morkel and Hussey, who decided to play for Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League instead of their domestic sides, Chandrasekar said that as per rules the IPL franchise has the first right of opting for the player. “They had to be playing for us. In the bargain we had to shell out $200,000 to Nashua Titans (for Morkel) and Western Australia (for Hussey) — both teams will take part in the Champions League — as per rules,” he said.
THE SQUAD: MS Dhoni (captain), M. Hayden, M. Hussey, S. Raina, A. Morkel, S. Badrinath, C. Kapugedara, KB Arun Karthik, P. Patel, R. Ashwin, M. Muralitharan, M. Ntini, L. Balaji, M. Gony, S. Tyagi. Coach: S. Fleming.
First Test to go ahead as per schedule

New Delhi: BCCI vice president Lalit Modi on Tuesday said the first Test between England and India would be held as per the schedule and MS Dhoni will lead the team as it was not a “rational” proposition to postpone the match in view of the Champions League final.
The BCCI had proposed to postpone the Test by a day to December 12 so that Dhoni could play the Twenty20 Champions League day-night final on December 10 while also making it to the first match against England, but Modi ruled out any such thing happening. Modi said it was not certain if CSK would reach the final and even if it does, Dhoni will represent India in the Dec 11-15 instead of playing in the Dec 10 daynight Champions League final. “No such thing will happen. We looked at rationalising the schedule but it's not possible,” he said.