Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, which runs the much-decorated Chennai franchise, has appointed KS Viswanathan as Chief Executive Officer ahead of the upcoming VIVO 2018 Indian Premier League season.
Viswanathan was closely associated with the franchise during the opening decade when the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit won the IPL twice and finished runners-up on four occasions. Not to forget the two Champions League crowns.
“We have great pleasure in welcoming KS Viswanathan (Kasi) on board as the CEO,” said K George John, Director, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited. “He brings with him several decades of experience in cricket and its administration and is one of the pillars of CSK’s great journey,” added John.
A keen cricketer in his younger days, Viswanathan earned his reputation as a sharp cricketing brain while scouting for talent for the teams run by The India Cements Limited. He is also a former secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
“Cricket has always been of huge importance to The India Cements Limited and having been involved with cricket administration in the company for very long, it’s an area that I always desired to continue with,” said Viswanathan, who was Consultant – Sports, The India Cements Limited, until taking up his new role.
CSK stood out for their consistency in the opening decade of the IPL, making it to the Playoffs in every season that they featured in between 2008 and 2015.
“The quality of selection, the combinations and the right balance, is what helped create an outfit that consistently made it to the Playoffs and this also helped build a core that stayed for eight years,” Viswanathan said.
CSK retained talisman Dhoni, who led in all eight seasons, Suresh Raina, who remains the Lions’ highest run-getter, and Ravindra Jadeja, who was a part of the Yellow Brigade between 2012 and 2015.
The Lions can now exercise up to two Right To Match cards at the auction in Bengaluru on Jan 27 and 28 and the player pool available to them for RTM will be those who played for them in IPL 2015 and who were a part of RPS and GL squads in IPL 2017.
“Auction economics will determine the RTMs, a decision that will be taken by the coach and the captain,” Viswanathan explained.
“Domestic cricketers have played a big role in CSK’s success in the past and as someone who keenly follows domestic cricket my inputs would be about them,” he concluded.
A media release from the Board of Control for Cricket in India last week said the player list for the auction sent out to the eight franchises has 281 capped players and 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three from Associate nations.