Jacob Oram’s probable pull-out from the Indian Premier League has come as a bolt from the blue for the Chennai Super Kings.
On Tuesday, the New Zealand allrounder said he may not play the T20 tournament in South Africa starting on April 18 if he is unable to take part in the domestic state championship final from April 6 due to a nagging Achilles tendon strain.
“It will be a big blow for us if he is unable to play the IPL. He had fitted into our team structure quite beautifully last season and we were really looking forward to having him for the whole of the tournament this time around,” CSK cricket operations director VB Chandrasekhar said.
“I can understand people thinking I’m cotton-wooling myself but I’ll definitely take myself out (of the IPL) if I don’t get through the final,” Oram had told a newspaper in New Zeland.
Commenting on Oram’s stance, Chandrasekhar said: “These guys are actually walking a very fine line. It’s not always easy for them to take a call whether they should preserve themselves for international cricket or go ahead with a tournament like IPL.”
The CSK team, in fact, revolves around players like Albie Morkel and Oram, who lend the much-needed balance to the team. “(Freddie) Flintoff won’t be available for too many matches. Oram and Albie have to share the workload,” he said.
However, the CSK management still hasn’t given up hope on Oram. “Both MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming are there. They’ll surely try to convince Oram to play the tournament, but if he doesn’t feel upto it, we won’t force him.”