The long wait is over as Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Moeen Ali is set to step into the final Indian Premier League season 2022 as his visa paperwork has been sorted to travel to India.
According to reports, the 36-year-old applied for the travel document on February 28. Although he traveled to India frequently and had attended the IPL, it took more than three weeks for his visa to be issued, resulting in a delay in leaving the UK for India. Now that everything is settled, he will join the CSK team on Thursday 24th March.
Moeen Ali’s father Munir Ali said: “He collected his papers yesterday and is ready to fly.” Confirming this to PTI, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said: “He will arrive in Mumbai in the evening and go into isolation immediately .”
“He won’t be available for the first game against Kolkata Knight Riders but we’re glad all the uncertainty is over.” Viswanathan added.
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Moeen Ali was an important player for CSK last year
Moeen Ali’s father had immigrated to England from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POC). So, for the people of Pakistani descent, a set procedure is followed. But he is a frequent visitor to India and has even attended the last three IPLs.
Along with Captain, Ali was one of the four players retained by the franchise MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadejaand Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of the mega auction in Bengaluru this year. With his good all-round performance as number three, he made a significant contribution to CSK’s success last year. Despite his arrival before the start of the season, CSK will give up Ali’s serve in the first game against Ali Calcutta Knight equestrian.
As the defending champions, CSK will play the opening match of IPL 2022 against runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders on March 26 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. CSK will play their second match against the Lucknow Super Giants on March 31st.
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