Flintoff not in CSK squad

Andrew Flintoff has been left out of IPL champion Chennai Super Kings' final 15-member squad for next month's Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa.

Flintoff has had two knee operations in the last 12 months and will be out of action for the entire season.

M.S. Dhoni, who led Super Kings to its IPL triumph this year, will continue as captain.

The foreign players in the squad are retired Sri Lankan spin-wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and Thilan Thushara, Australia's Mike Hussey, Doug Bollinger and retired Matthew Hayden, and Albie Morkel of South Africa.

Three players from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), will play for their ‘away' teams rather than their ‘home' teams.

Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor and Cameron White will line up for RCB in South Africa from September 10 after being named by their home teams as well as their IPL franchise.

Dean Kino, CLT20 Governing Council Member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, said RCB will compensate the respective home teams for taking away the players.

“CLT20 regulations stipulate that with Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor and Cameron White playing for their IPL franchise instead of their home teams, RCB must compensate the Warriors, Central Stags and Victorian Bushrangers $200,000 each respectively,” he said.

The 10 teams are loaded with stars including Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shaun Tait, Mahela Jayawardene, Dale Steyn, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Mike Hussey.

The Indian squads: Chennai Super Kings: M.S. Dhoni, S. Badrinath, M. Vijay, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, S. Anirudha, L. Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mike Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Thilan Thushara, Albie Morkel, Matthew Hayden, Joginder Sharma.

Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwary, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, R. Sathish, Ali Murtaza, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, J.P. Duminy, Lasith Malinga, Ryan McLaren.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Praveen Kumar, R. Vinay Kumar, Virat Kohli, Cameron White, Ross Taylor, Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis, Dillon du Preez, B. Akhil, Abhimanyu Mithun, Nayan Doshi. — PTI

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