CSK official confirms Suresh Raina will be part of the 2021 IPL squad

Chennai Super Kings are unlikely to part ways with Suresh Raina for the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to reports. The relationship between the franchise and the player seemed to have completely collapsed after the latter withdrew from IPL 2020 for personal reasons. Suresh Raina had traveled to the UAE with the team but decided not to participate in the tournament.

At that time, reports suggested he was not happy with the room provided to him. The former Indian drummer reportedly wanted a room like Captain MS Dhoni’s, which ultimately led to an altercation. Later, CSK boss N Srinivasan attacked the left-hander as well. The Srinivasan explosion had made many assume that it was all over for Suresh Raina at CSK.

“The season hasn’t started yet and Raina will definitely realize what he’s missing and certainly how much money he’s going to lose. I think if you are reluctant or not happy just go back. I don’t force anyone to do anything… sometimes success comes to mind. “ Srinivasan had said.

Suresh Raina (Credits: BCCI)

CSK to keep Suresh Raina with them:

Contrary to popular speculation, CSK is expected to continue its association with Suresh Raina, according to the Mirror. The outlet quoted a franchise official as saying the team are looking to have the drummer on board for the next edition. The official clearly reacted to the news of Suresh Raina’s arrest for violating the nighttime curfew in Mumbai on Monday. The player was then released on bail. He said he was not aware of local schedules and protocols.

“He will be with us. There are no plans to part with him ”, said the senior official of the CSK leadership.

“We only read the arrest. Our plans have nothing to do with this development. He will continue to be with us ” added the franchise manager.

Suresh Raina, who was convicted of violating COVID-19 protocols in Mumbai, said he was unaware of local schedules and protocols. Bombay Police raided a JW Marriot club around 3 a.m. after large numbers of people were found partying without maintaining necessary protocols like wearing masks and watching of physical distance.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Credits: Twitter)

Suresh Raina was CSK’s most decorated drummer. The left-hander has been with the squad since IPL‘s inception in 2008 and was out of Chennai for two years when the franchise was suspended from the tournament in 2016 and 2017. He is the franchise’s top run-getter. In 2018, CSK shortlisted three players before rounding up the rest of the squad at the player auction and he was one of them.

In his absence this year, CSK failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in IPL history. They wrestled for most of the 2020 IPL and ultimately finished in seventh place after scoring just 6 wins in 14 games.

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