The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009 season is round the corner. It is that time of the year when cricket's grandest and most expensive auction takes place. The updates so far in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team:
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff will play for the CSK. He was "bought" for a whopping USD 1.55 million. This is the highest amount that has been bid for a player in the IPL so far, surpassing even Mahendra Singh Dhoni, incidentally the CSK captain.
Stephen Fleming, the former New Zealand skipper, is out of the squad. He will now be the coach of the CSK. He replaces South African Kepler Wessels.
Sri Lankan all-rounder Thilan Thushara and Tasmanian middle order bat George Bailey also join the CSK camp.
An excellent news is that the recently-retired Australian opening great Matthew Hayden will be available for all the 14 games in this season. He played only four matches last year and scored 189 runs at a strike rate of 144.
With South Africa's dashing all-rounder Albie Morkel, leading wicket taker in tests and ODIs Muttiah Muralitharan, "Mr. Cricket" Michael Hussey and Kiwi all-rounder Jacob Oram in the squad, the Chennai Super Kings outfit looks in really good shape.
That it will be lead by Mr. Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni is just the icing on the cake.