Moeen Ali ruled out of CSK’s campaign opener against KKR. Find why?
Moeen Ali was retained by CSK for IPL 2022 due to his fine show last season
Moeen Ali was the third-highest scorer for CSK in IPL 2021, hitting 357 runs in 15 innings at a strike rate of 137.30
The England cricketer did not get the visa, said CSK CEO Viswanathan
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Moeen Ali has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season opener against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), which is scheduled to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. The England all-rounder is yet to receive his India visa to play in the IPL.
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"It is almost certain that Moeen Ali wil miss the first game. He has still not got the visa. We are on it as well as BCCI. Hope it is sorted in a day or two," CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed the development to news agency PTI.
"It is disappointing that he has not bee able to join us. They follow set procedures for players with Pakistan descent. That looks like the reason (for delay)."
Chennai Super Kings are the defending champions of IPL. They will play last season’s runners-up KKR in the opening match.
Viswanathan said even if he manages to reach India by Thursday, Ali will be unavailable for the opener because of the quarantine protocol laid down by the IPL organisers.
"There is three-day mandatory quarantine which Moeen has to undergo before joining the IPL bio-bubble. So he will be out of the first game even if he gets his visa today or tomorrow."
Because of his fine all-round show which helped the team lift its fourth IPL title, Moeen was retained by CSK alongside inspirational captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
In IPL 2021, he was the third-highest scorer for Super Kings, hitting 357 runs in 15 innings at an average of 25.50 and strike rate of 137.30. That Moeen fulfilled his role of the aggressor could be seen from the fact that he was fifth on the list of batters with most sixes, with his count at 19.
Now, in Moeen’a absence Super Kings could hand an IPL debut to New Zealand batter Devon Conway and pair him up with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa in the top order. The Super Kings will likely feel the pinch in their first match, considering Moeen's off-spin would have been handy against Knight Riders' trio of left-handers: Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine.