Moeen Ali obtained a visa to fly to India.© BCCI / IPL
Chennai Super Kings’ versatile star Moeen Ali has obtained his India visa and will be available for selection from the second match of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise’s chief executive Kasi Viswanathan said on Thursday. Although the English player arrives in Mumbai on Thursday, the defending champions will miss Moeen’s services for Saturday’s IPL-15 opener against Kolkata Knight Riders, as he will have to complete a three-day quarantine before joining the team.
“Moeen got his visa and landed in Mumbai in the afternoon. He will be available for the second game after completing a three-day quarantine,” Viswanathan told PTI.
There was a delay in obtaining the visa as a set procedure is being followed for players of Pakistani descent.
The four-time IPL champion, CSK, will tackle the latest edition’s runner-up KKR in the opening match of this year’s tournament at Wankhede Stadium.
CSK are scheduled to play Lucknow Super Giants in their second game on March 31st.
Due to his excellent performance that helped the team grab its fourth IPL title, Moeen was retained by CSK along with inspiring captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Moeen scored 357 runs from 15 overs for CSK in the IPL last year, while also taking six wickets from 15 games with his spin-off bowling.
CSK will play IPL 2022 under a new captain, after announcing on Thursday that MS Dhoni will retire as captain and hand over the ropes to Ravindra Jadeja.
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