England all-rounder Moeen Ali is likely to miss the opening game for the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who will play the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 opener against the last year’s runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders on March 26. Despite applying for it long back, the all-rounder hasn’t been issued a visa.
CSK retained the 34-year old Ali for Rs 8 crore. It has been reported that Moeen would need to arrive in Mumbai by Wednesday to stand a chance of playing in the campaign opener. He would need to be in quarantine for three days before entering the IPL’s bio-secure environment.
If he fails to reach India on time, the four-time champions will give a debut to New Zealand batter Devon Conway.
Moeen was one of the key performers in CSK’s title-winning campaign in 2021. The left-handed batter scored 357 runs in 15 innings at an average of 25.50 and strike rate of 137.30.
Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav is also likely to miss the Mumbai Indians’ opening match against Delhi Capitals on Sunday (March 27). The 31-year-old, who suffered a hairline fracture on his thumb in the T20I series against the West Indies, hasn’t been declared fit by the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He amassed 317 runs at a strike rate of 143.43 in 2021.