The first ball is yet to be bowled in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) but Suresh Raina saga has made IPL as the most searched keyword on Google search in the last two weeks.
“What the BCCI will have to do is evaluate what exactly were the reasons. If it’s about his family, it’s his personal reason. If it was a rift with MS (Dhoni), then it’s CSK’s internal issue. If he came back because of depression, then it’s a mental issue. We can’t let him go if he’s depressed. Who’ll be responsible if something goes wrong?” a BCCI official told TOI.
“When the bio-bubble is not safe how does one take a chance? I have a family with two little kids and elderly parents,” he was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Rains to Cricbuzz : “It was a personal reason and I had to come back for my family”, referring to the unfortunate and violent incident in Pathankot that took a huge toll on his family.
According to InsideSport sources, Raina who left the team in huff after 13 members of CSK were tested Covid-19 positive, spoke and apologized to team owner N.Srinivasan for his hasty retreat from Dubai after he was questioned for serious breach of discipline inside the bio-security bubble at Taj Hotel. Raina according to the sources, apologized to Srinivasan for his immature conduct.
The information coming from CSK camp in Dubai also has indicated that Raina has reached out to team management and has apologized for his conduct.
“Once he left, he has been removed from CSK’s WhatsApp group. He has reached out to team-management including CEO, MS Dhoni and Coach Fleming and is looking for a chance to return”, indicated one of the source to InsideSport.
CSK Owner Srinivasan after a call from Raina has reportedly accepted his apology. The CSK boss though refused to interfere in any decision making of the team management. Srinivasan said the ball was in the team management’s court.
“Look, please understand, that’s not my domain at all,” he was quoted as saying by a news agency. “We own a team, we own the franchise but we do not own players. I don’t own the players.”
“I am not the cricket captain… We have the greatest captain of all times. So, why shall I even interfere in cricketing matters?”
The good part for Raina is that CSK haven’t sought a replacement for Raina yet. InsideSport spoke to CSK’s CEO Kasi Viswanathan and he made it clear that their are no talks in the CSK camp to call for Suresh Raina’s replacement.