Stephen Fleming, Former New Zealand captain and Chennai Super Kings head coach, has come out with the clarification that despite CSK filling up their squad with cricketers above the age of 30, the focus of the franchise is still very much on developing the young talent and giving them the chances to show their mettle. Fleming tweeted to reiterate his views.
Earlier in a press conference, Fleming went on to express the importance of the experience that his side is built around and why the focus for him is solely on winning the IPL for CSK, and not developing young players.
He had said, "They're 35-36, not 55-56. A massive amount has been made of it, I'm not here to develop young players, I'm here to try and win the competition for the franchise. And that's why we value experience because we think that gives us the best chance,"
"I'll go back to the fact that experienced and professional players dominate a big part of the IPL. Chris Gayle has come back, playing very well. Obviously, Shane Watson and his 100 so far... Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni... These guys still have a lot of cricket to play."
"Yes, it is exciting to see young players come and perform. But over a long season, I look for consistency and professionalism. I've found that older players who are still motivated, still fit and still committed, they can provide you with the consistency that gets you up around mid to top table, which allows you to progress in the competition,"
He has now rubbished the perception that CSK doesn't believe in youngsters and is dependent only on experience. He tweeted..
Should clarify-over the years identifying young talent and giving them a chance on the big stage has been a key part of CSk and the IPL. Watching young players take that chance and excel is one of the joys of the job.Sorry my comment in the press yesterday didn’t reflect that.— Stephen Fleming (@SPFleming7) April 25, 2018
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)