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Stephen Fleming is chief coach of new Pune franchise of the IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament
The former Chennai Super Kings coach will renew his long and most successful partnership with his former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was picked in the December draft. The duo had led CSK to two successive IPL triumphs and as many Champions League T20 trophies to become the most successful in the franchise league. In the first ever IPL draft, the Pune franchise who had got the first chance to pick a player because of their lowest bid, chose the most successful Indian skipper up front before going on to buy Ravichandran Ashwin, Faf du Plessis, Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith.
Pune and Rajkot are the two new teams in place of CSK and Rajasthan Royals who have been suspended for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha panel for the involvement of some of their team officials and co-owners in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.