Suresh Raina has pulled out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons, CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said via a tweet. The development comes as a major blow for the CSK franchise as Suresh Raina has been a mainstay in the CSK batting line-up. Raina had trained with the franchise in Chennai before departing for UAE.
CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time.
Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 29, 2020
The development comes after Raina called time on his international career. He had been far from contention to play for the Indian cricket team. He made his last international appearance in 2018 during India’s tour of England and since then has been out-of-favor of the side.
Raina batted at No.3 Or the fourth spot in his career which now belongs to Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer in the recent scheme of things as far as the limited-overs is concerned. Thus he had no chance for a comeback.
Raina retired with an average of 25 in Tests, 35 in ODIs, and nearly 30 in the shortest format of the game.
Chennai Super Kings’ preparations for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season have run into complications after it emerged that a bowler and some staff members of the franchise tested positive for COVID-19. The CSK bowler in question is reportedly a pacer who has represented India.
Meanwhile, at least 10 members of the CSK support staff have also tested positive, which has resulted in the entire CSK contingent needing to undergo a fourth COVID-19 test. Due to the development, the team’s quarantine period has now been extended till September 1.
All the members who tested positive have been isolated and put into another wing of the hotel. They will undergo a test after 15 days and will have to get a clearance from a cardiologist before rejoining the squad.