CSK have been doing everything possible to keep its fan base intact till the time the team serves its two year ban from IPL © IANS (File Photo)
CSK have been doing everything possible to keep its fan base intact till the time the team serves its two year ban from IPL © IANS (File Photo)

Despite being banned for two successive seasons from Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have not lost out on their fans. Apart from their fans being active in promoting CSK on social media, the third edition of the Junior Super Kings inter-school T20 tournament will take place in Chennai which would start from June 29. It is another yardstick to measure the reach of two-time IPL champion side with their fans. In 2015, the tournament could not go ahead but this time, due to a lot of calls from schools and parents across the state who wanted to know if the event was on or not, the management have decided to give the tournament a green signal. ALSO READ:CSK, RR move to court to fight against paying franchise fees

According to cricbuzz.com, the Junior Super Kings inter-school T20 tournament, CSK’s school tournament, is to be held in four phases and will see 32 schools from Chennai taking part in the opening phase. The second phase of the tournament will start from August 2 at Vellore, Erode, Villupuram, Nagapattinam and Tirunelveli. A total of 7 matches will be played in each district. In the third phase of the competition, a total of 15 matches will be played across each district – Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Coimbatore and Dindigul – from August 8. ALSO READ:PHOTOS: A lookback at IPL Finals so far

The final phase of the tournament will see winners of the 10 districts, and winner and runners-up of Chennai play in Tirunelveli from December 26. This phase should see 12 league games and 3 knockouts being played. In total, 152 teams from across the state are slated to be part of this competition.

“Kids form an important fan base for CSK. When kids take a liking to something, parents too tend to get involved. CSK has never gone in search of brand recall. It is the sheer love of the fans and kids which have made CSK such a popular outfit,” said K George John, the director of CSK. While CSK is doing everything possible to stay in its fans’ consciousness, Rajasthan Royals (RR), the other franchise which is banned for two years, too would want to follow suit.