Chennai Super Kings all-rounder, Albie Morkel, has returned back to his native land of South Africa to attend the funeral of Louis Vorster, who died after being shot during an armed robbery in Gauteng.
Morkel, is expected to return back to India and continue playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), although, no official date has been given.
Chennai Super Kings coach, Stephen Fleming, said: “Albie Morkel has travelled back to South Africa first thing this morning after hearing of the death of a very close friend at Johannesburg overnight, he goes with our best wishes and sympathies. He will take further part in the IPL, but we are not sure when that is. So on behalf of CSK, we extend our sympathies to Albie and obviously look forward to getting him back as soon as we can.”
In their upcoming matches, Chennai, may have a selection problem, since opener Murali Vijay is in poor form, after scoring only 31 runs in five matches.
“The (pre-match) discussion will certainly revolve around players who have not been doing what they are expected to do, we would like a player to be consistent with his performance. The coach’s job is not easy one. It is up to me to (get) Vijay (back) to his usual form,” Fleming said.
Abhinav Mukund, who was supposed to be the top candidate to replace Vijay, is recovering from an ankle injury he sustained when training for the start of the IPL, but, according to Fleming, Mukund is nearing his return.
“He (Abhinav) is pretty much close to 100%. He is pretty much into the selection discussion. We have good cricketers in the team like (Anirudha) Srikkanth and Wriddhiman Saha, and it is a matter of a balancing act,” Fleming said.
Chennai were given another major scare, when captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was thought to have done some damage to his hamstring, but, Fleming again reassured fans that after getting some adequate treatment, he would be available to play in the upcoming matches.
“I think Dhoni is fine. He has been having treatment for the hamstring injury sustained in the last game,” Fleming added.
With Chennai currently ranked fifth, fans will be hoping that some major changes are applied, in order for the franchise to have any chance of successfully defending their IPL title.