The Chennai Super Kings management is concerned over the continued delay in the arrival of Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, who has been awaiting clearance of his travel documents by the Indian High Commission in the UK. Moeen (34) was retained by the Chennai team for Rs 8 crore.
“He had applied for his visa on February 28. It has been more than 20 days since the application was submitted. He has been a frequent traveller to India and yet he has not got the travel papers. We are hoping he will join the team soon. He has told us that he will take the very next flight after getting the papers,” said Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of the franchise on Saturday (March 19). “Even the BCCI has got itself involved to help us. We are hoping that he will get the papers by Monday.”
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been having their camp in Surat for the last one month. They play their first match on the opening day of IPL 2022, on March 26, against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede.
Like Moeen, a member of the Gujarat Titans coaching staff has similarly been stuck in London. The Ahmedabad team recently expanded their coaching crew by recruiting Abdul Naim of UK and Mithun Manhas of Delhi.
While Manhas (42) has joined the squad in Ahmedabad, Naim, who had previously worked for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has been waiting for his travel clearance in UK. “We are sure the issue will get resolved soon,” said a Titans official.
Both have been taken as assistant coaches. Manhas (42), a former Delhi batsman currently looking after the Jammu & Kashmir state team, will take over as the fielding coach. Manhas was earlier associated with the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) team.