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Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals back in IPL reckoning

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals back in IPL reckoning
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday welcomed the Indian Premier League franchises -- Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) -- back into the league.

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday welcomed the Indian Premier League franchises -- Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) -- back into the league.

The two franchises have completed the two-year suspension imposed by the Supreme Court appointed Justice (Retd.) Lodha Committee and will now participate in next year's IPL.

Acting President of the BCCI, CK Khanna said: "VIVO IPL will be enriched by the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

Both the teams have enjoyed tremendous on- field success and have a mass following."The loyal fans will again get to see their favourite teams and stars in action from the upcoming season of the IPL."

The chairman of IPL, Rajeev Shukla added: "It is my privilege to welcome back our franchisees, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, into the 11th edition of the IPL.

"We have had a strong working relationship with Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and hope that we can continue to build upon the close ties that we have enjoyed in the past, as we move towards the next edition of the league," he said.

Meanwhile, according to George John, one of the directors of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, which runs the team, "the ban is officially over. It is good that we are back.

As far as possible we will try to retain the players and support staff we had."About the team's marquee player Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led CSK since the inception of IPL in 2008, John told PTI, "we have to see what the BCCI has to offer. If there is an option of retaining of a player, it would be him (Dhoni.)"

SC raps SriniNew Delhi: The attendance of former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan and ex-secretary Niranjan Shah at a recent Special General Meeting (SGM) of the cricket body as a nominee of state cricket associations today came under close scrutiny of the Supreme Court.

No disqualified member can attend such a meeting as a nominee, the apex court said while seeking their responses on the issue. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notices to both Srinivasan and Shah and listed the matter for deciding the issue on July 24.

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