MS Dhoni has been a part of Chennai Super Kings right from the beginning © IANS
MS Dhoni has been a part of Chennai Super Kings right from the beginning © IANS

The captain of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MS Dhoni may continue to feature in a separate team for the T20 tournament, which will be based in the same city of Chennai. The city in the southern tip of the country will be one of the centers available for the new teams, after two teams were suspended from IPL by the Justice RM Lodha Committee. The officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have informed that the new franchises have the option of electing Chennai as well as Jaipur as their base. ALSO READ: IPL will be eight-team event for next two years, BCCI assures league franchisees

If one of the upcoming franchise elects Chennai as the base, it may be the case that Dhoni will not have t o play for another city. This has been a matter of debate ever since the two IPL franchises, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Chennai Super Kings were suspended for the next two years.

Dhoni has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) right from the beginning of the IPL T20 tournament in 2008. He is the captain of the team which was owned by India Cements, of which Dhoni is also the vice president. ALSO READ: BCCI considers ‘Reverse Bidding’ as an option to attract investors for bidding of 2 new IPL teams

Under Dhoni’s leadership, the Chennai Super Kings have won the IPL title twice in 2010 and 2011. They have also won the now-defunct Champions League T20 (CLT20) tournament twice under Dhoni, in the years 2010 and 2014.

Meanwhile, a mobile company Vivo has replaced PepsiCo as the title sponsor of the high-profile Indian Premier League, a change necessitated by the beverage giant’s sudden pullout from a five-year deal that was to end in 2017, PTI reported.