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IPL 2020 | CSK’s Suresh Raina Returns Home from UAE

CSK batsman Suresh Raina has returned home due to personal reasons and won't be available for entire IPL 2020 season, confirmed team CEO.

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IPL 2020: On Saturday, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made a big announcement ruling Suresh Raina out of the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League ( IPL). The CSK vice-captain arrived in the UAE a week ago with the rest of his Indian teammates and support staff but is now going back to India for personal reasons.

Recently it was announced on Friday that Deepak Chahar, a fast bowler, had tested positive for Covid-19. All of the CSK players had met a couple of weeks earlier for a preparatory camp in Chennai. And that’s now putting CSK ‘s chances at risk.

CSK took to Twitter to announce the big news, quoting CEO KS Viswanathan as saying:

“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,” the quote was attributed to CSK CEO KS Viswanathan on the team’s Twitter handle. 

Suresh Raina, who along with MS Dhoni recently declared his retirement from international cricket, will not be playing IPL 2020 for Chennai Super Kings.

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For the Super Kings the last few days have not been the best. In the latest round of testing post over 10 franchise members were positively screened for the novel coronavirus that they were expected to begin training session in the UAE. With pacer Deepak Chahar among those infected, all CSK players and workers have been given an extended quarantine period.

Raina, who has been a key member of the CSK squad since the IPL’s first season, looked forward to playing in the tournament after declaring his retirement from international cricket on August 15, along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Over the years Raina has been one of the Super Kings’ most valuable players, having played all but one of their 165 IPL matches since the game began in 2008. Since playing 158 consecutive games for the club, the only game he skipped was against Kings XI Punjab in 2018 , due to a calf injury. He is also the second-highest scorer with 5368 runs in IPL history, only behind Virat Kohli ‘s tally of 5412. He turned out in 2016 and 2017 for Gujarat Lions when the Super Kings were postponed for two years following the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.

The precise explanation for Raina ‘s return to home is still not known. His franchise, CSK, will now search for a successor that will be a difficult challenge given the COVID-19 pandemic to burst onto the market. Anyone who joins the franchise will need to go through the whole quarantine process before they are available for selection.

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