Suresh Raina was said to have withdrawn from the Indian Premier League (IPL) for ‘personal reasons’. But he seems to have ended his long journey with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), as the franchise may break ties with him before the 2021 season. The Chennai team is staying in Dubai. CSK team found 13 cases of COVID-19, including two important members of the team, Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
According to IPL sources, it also played an important role in Raina’s decision to retire from international cricket recently. But it is now learned that the team management was not happy with the behavior of this 32-year-old player during the separation, which also angered CSK’s boss and former BCCI president N Srinivasan.
Could be a big issue
IPL sources told PTI, “As per CSK rules, the coach, captain, and manager get suites to stay in the hotel, but Raina also gets suite in every hotel where the team stays. The only thing was that there was no balcony in his room. He said it was an issue but I do not think it was a big reason for the comeback to India. There can be a bigger issue than the increase of COVID cases in the team.”
He said that given the situation, Raina could also be out of the Chennai team for the next IPL starting from April 2021. On whether Raina is likely to return this season, which could change the situation, sources said, “He will not be available in this session and it is clear in the official statement that CSK has released.” There are some things that the top officials have gone through.
The team is thinking about the future
He said that there is little chance that the player who has retired and probably will not play any kind of cricket. He will return to CSK. He will be back in the auction and any team can take him. CSK had made a big bid on Ruturaj in hopes that he would be fit after returning from isolation and would be able to participate in the practice session after two tests came negative.
IPL sources said, ‘CSK is yet to demand any other player for Raina. They have not decided on it yet. There is speculation that Raina violated the bio-safe environment. Raina’s apology in this case will not have much effect, as the team is thinking about the future.
Sources said that I do not know how to apologize, but CSK will now want to prepare Ruturaj for the future, Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming will plan their strategy accordingly.
Raina has scored 4527 runs in 164 matches for CSK. He has 5368 runs to his name in the IPL and he is second behind Indian captain Virat Kohli (5412) in scoring the most runs in this T20 tournament.