Chennai's Albie Morkel returns home

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Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 11:58 [IST]
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Chennai's Albie Morkel returns to SA

Chennai, Apr 19: Chennai Super Kings will miss the services of all-rounder Albie Morkel while a hamstring niggle to skipper MS Dhoni has raised speculations on his participation in the game against Sourav Ganguly-led Pune Warriors at M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

Morkel, unavailbale for the match against Pune has left for South Africa to attend his close friend Louis Vorster's funeral who was shot dead in Gauteng on Tuesday. The 45-year-old Vorster played domestic first class cricket in South Africa and Namibia.

Morkel had tweeted after hearing the news, “Tonight, I'm crying like a baby. Lost a great friend. RIP Louis Vorster. ”

"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," Chennai coach Stephen Fleming said.

"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."

Moreover, a hamstring niggle to skipper MS Dhoni has raised speculations, regarding his participation in today's clash against Ganguly's Warriors, while Fleming

Fleming is not a happy man as Murali Vijay has not fired so far in the tournament, while there are rumours about him being dropped for the clash against Pune, but Fleming has denied and said he would help Vijay regain his form.

"The 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 take Vijay to his usual form," said Fleming when asked whether Vijay would be replaced by either Abhinav Mukund or Anirudha Srikkanth or Wriddhiman Saha.

"He (Mukund) is pretty much close to hundred percent. He is pretty much into selection discussion. We have good cricketers in the team like Srikkanth and Wridhman Saha and it is a matter of balancing act, which is good for us," said Fleming.

When asked about skipper MS Dhoni's availability, Fleming said, he would be a part of the playing XI as he has got the treatment for a hamstring niggle and should be fine for the clash against Pune Warriors.

"I think Dhoni is fine. He has been having treatment for the hamstring injury sustained in the last game. We expect him to play his full part in the game tomorrow," Fleming asserted.


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