The BCCI, too, welcomed them back into the league on Friday.
"The ban is officially over", George John, one of the directors of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, said.
After India's comprehensive 3-1 ODI series win against the West Indies, Indian players are enjoying their two-week break before they head to Sri Lanka for a two-month long tour.
"The loyal fans will again get to see their favourite teams and stars in action from the upcoming season of the IPL". Both the teams have enjoyed tremendous on-field success and have a mass following.More news: S&P, Dow flat after big banks' earnings
A Supreme Court appointed panel had barred Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Twenty20 competition in 2015, saying such a punishment was needed to protect the integrity of the game.
Even though CSK authorities have started marketing activities by looking for new sponsors and planning promotional campaigns, they are not sure about recruitments because it's not clear yet whether all players will be available for auction, or the teams will be allowed to retain a few. I hope they bring back the intensity and the flair that they are reputed for and continue to add enormous value to brand IPL. "I wish them, all the very best". They were the runners-up in the inaugural season and then went on to grab the trophy in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011, under the captaincy of Dhoni. We have followed all the BCCI guidelines and are gearing up for an exciting season.
The main agenda would be to get back Dhoni in the team. "But it all depends on what the BCCI decides about the player retention policy", he added.
Taking to Instagram, Dhoni posted a photo which showed Dhoni standing outside his house wearing the CSK jersey and his dog rising up to him.
Despite their absence from IPL for two years, John mentioned that Brand CSK "hasn't taken" a hit.