Former India cricketer Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. This essentially means that he would be available for T20 leagues across the globe. He has already signed up for the Road Safety World Series starting this month. UAE T20 League or the International League T20 is one tournament that needs some big names to draw viewership. Hence, we could witness Suresh Raina being targeted by many franchises. On that note, here, we take a look at the list of three teams that might target the recently retired Suresh Raina in International League T20.
It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank @BCCI, @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities 🇮🇳
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 6, 2022Advertisement
1) Gulf Giants
Although all franchises have made their overseas picks, it is likely that the franchises will be allowed to make more signings going forward. In this scenario, a player like Suresh Raina will be in good demand. Owned by the Adani Group, Gulf Giants could be interested in Suresh Raina.
Although the Giants have got some fine T20 performers, the squad lacks a solid captaincy candidate. Suresh Raina can fulfill this role and will also be a reliable option at No.3. Therefore, they will be expected to target the cricketer.
2) MI Emirates
Representing @MIEmirates at the IL T20 🇦🇪
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MI Emirates is one of the teams that might target the recently retired Suresh Raina in International League T20. Owned by the owners of IPL squad Mumbai Indians, we can expect the management to pull off some big signings.
Suresh Raina is a player who can actually improve the squad. The team does have the likes of Nicholas Pooran and Najibullah Zadran but Raina brings in a lot of experience. Therefore, he can add value to this squad.
3) Dubai Capitals
Dubai Capitals have actually assembled a great T20 squad for the first season of ILT20. They have got the likes of Rovman Powell, Dasun Shanaka, and Sikandar Raza amongst others in the team. However, they would still need a player who has the experience of winning trophies.
Suresh Raina can add value in this aspect. Dubai Capitals would also need a marketable name in the line-up. Hence, they might target Raina ahead of the competition.