This could be a major blow to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Indian Premier League 2020. Middle-order batsman Suresh Raina has returned to India due to personal reasons.
Raina, who went with the team to Dubai after a six-day preparation in Chennai with captain MS Dhoni, will be missing the entire season of IPL 2020.
According to the CSK CEO KS Viswanathan, “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 news came a day after several members of the CSK contingent, including an India medium-pacer, tested positive for Covid-19 in Dubai.
The Chennai-based franchise was scheduled to start practising from Friday. It is learnt that after the latest development, the team has deferred it until September 1. Those who have tested positive will self-quarantine for 14 days outside the bio-bubble.
The 33-year-old had announced his international retirement on August 15 along with MS Dhoni. IPL 2020 starts on September 19 and was moved to UAE this year due to the rising COVID-19 cases in India.