IPL 2020 : MS Dhoni’s CSK not calling for Raina’s replacement, will start practice from 5th Sep

It seems Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and their leader MS Dhoni feels Suresh Raina can still make a comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in UAE. Raina who has been very important cog in the wheel for the CSK batting left the team in huff and puff but CSK is yet to officially call for any replacement for the southpaw.
 
No one exactly knows why Raina left all of a sudden other than the CSK management. But whatever it is, reality is CSK has not asked for any replacement till date. This clearly means that CSK either is waiting for Raina to make a comeback or they are banking heavily on young Ruturaj Gaikwad to fill in Raina’s shoes. 
 
None other than CSK’s owner N. Srinivasan himself has clearly hinted that CSK will not call for any replacement and he is hopeful that Raina will certainly realize what he is missing. 
 
“Ruturaj is an outstanding batsman and will get a chance now. He can become the star of the show, who knows?” the CSK chief said.

Interestingly, Ruturaj also is one of the played who has tested Covid-19 positive according to the reports and is currently in a 14 days quarantine period. There is still no guarantee that when the tests are conducted once again post the quarantine period is over, he will recover and test negative. Still team doesn’t want to call for any replacements.  

Reason, team still feels Raina can make a comeback and Srinivasan also feels Raina will want to come back.

“The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realise what he is missing and certainly all the money (a salary of 11 crores per season) he is going to lose,” the CSK boss said.

InsideSport tried reaching out to CSK’S think tank in Dubai to check if they are calling for Raina’s replacement. No one has a clue. According to everyone, Dhoni is the one who will exclusively take calls in this regard. 
 
“MS will decide what is to be done. For now, no replacement is being called for Raina”, said a source in the CSK camp. 
 
IPL 2020 : Chennai Super Kings will begin practice from 5th September
 
Meanwhile, runner’s up of the 2019 season Chennai Super Kings will complete their mandatory quarantine period on 4th September. Post that the entire squad will be tested once again and if all goes well, they will be allowed to resume training on 5th September. 
 
“They are expected to begin practice around September 5. Around two weeks of practice should be good enough for the players”, said the source close to the CSK team. 
 
BCCI is yet to release the schedule for IPL 2020. As reported by InsideSport earlier, CSK can be given breather and more time to settle down by dropping them for the opening game of IPL 2020 on September 19th. It was decided earlier that the opening game of the season this year will be contested between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, but all this is most likely to change now to give more time to Dhoni’s team to come out of the existing issues. 
 
Another issue currently bothering CSK and other teams is how soon Australian and England cricketers can join the IPL 2020 bandwagon in UAE. Reports coming from England currently are not too good. Both Aussies and English cricketers will wait for 7-8 days more to check the Covid-19 situation in IPL 2020 before finalizing their travel plans for UAE