CSK star Suresh Raina pulls out of IPL as a consequence of ‘personal reasons’

New Delhi, August 29

Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Suresh Raina has pulled out of the Indian Premier League citing “personal reasons”, the franchise mentioned on Saturday even because it emerged {that a} second participant within the crew has examined constructive for COVID-19.

The participant in query is a right-handed top-order batsman, who has been part of India A crew within the latest previous and is a prolific performer in Ranji Trophy.

On Friday, a T20 specialist pacer had examined constructive together with 12 members of the contingent in Dubai.

While it’s anticipated that Raina could be issuing an announcement later within the day, sources near the franchise mentioned that one of many greatest attracts within the IPL desperately wants some downtime to be together with his household for the time being.

The 33-year-old had retired from worldwide cricket earlier this month.

“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,” CSK tweeted CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s assertion.

CSK’s quarantine interval in Dubai has already been prolonged until September 1.

“Suresh’s absence will be a big blow for the CSK and also, he is one of the biggest draws in the IPL. But in these times, if any player doesn’t feel 100 per cent and has some other pressing priorities, any team respects that and CSK is no different,” a senior IPL official aware of the event within the CSK camp informed PTI on situations of anonymity.

While it could not be formally confirmed however hypothesis was rife {that a} household tragedy coupled with spike in COVID-19 instances within the crew may need disturbed the previous India left-hander who retired on August 15 alongside his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

While it’s understood that the match was not beneath menace as of now however one franchise changing into a “COVID-19 hotspot” is slowly changing into a difficulty for different groups in addition to the BCCI.

“If there are 13 cases from only one franchise then it is an issue for sure for everyone. The biggest aspect will be whether foreign cricketers will now start panicking as they are touchier about these issues,” mentioned an official.

“We need to keep a tab on players’ mental health,” he added. PTI

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