Fleming named Chennai Super Kings coach

Former India speedster Lakshmipathy Balaji joins the franchise as it's bowling coach.

A file photo of Chennai Super Kings' Ravindra Jadeja (left) and Stephen Fleming. Jadeja has been retained by the franchise and Fleming named the coach.   -  R. Ragu

If Chennai Super Kings has been one of the most consistent performers in the Indian Premier League (IPL), a big credit goes to its coach and support staff. And the Chennai-based franchise gears up for its comeback to the league — after a two-year ban — it has signed in its long-term member Stephen Fleming as the chief coach.

Ever since the franchise returned to the fold, it has been trying to get back all its old members. While Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already taken charge as the captain, the side has also retained Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.

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As far as support staff is concerned, it has already secured the services of Michael Hussey as the batting coach. With a week left for the auctions, the franchise has made it official that Fleming will take charge of the coaching duties for the next couple of years. "We want to retain the entire support staff, with Fleming as the coach and Hussey as the batting coach," CSK's newly appointed CEO, Kasi Viswanath, said on Friday.

Viswanath, the erstwhile secretary of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, who recently took charge as the CSK CEO, also admitted that the franchise has roped in Lakshmipathy Balaji as the bowling coach. The trainer Gregory King and physio Tommy Simsek from the old set up would also remain.

In November, Sportstar was the first publication to report about CSK planning to retain Fleming in the side.

The team's skipper, Dhoni, also made it clear that the franchise would try to get back some of the old players of the CSK in the auctions, which will be held in Bengaluru next week. "But let's not get emotional. Other franchises would also try and get some of the old CSK players," Dhoni said.

With Fleming officially appointed as the coach, Super Kings will be hoping to get the players of it's choice when it heads to the auction table next week.