Suresh Raina has reportedly been removed from the WhatsApp group of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) after the veteran left-hander decided to leave the CSK camp ahead of IPL 2020 and come back home.
After coming back to India, Raina had hinted that he had great relationships with the CSK owner N Srinivasan and the CSK skipper MS Dhoni and people might see him in the CSK camp again at some stage this season, but that doesn’t seem likely now.
Suresh Raina’s CSK future to be decided by MS Dhoni
N Srinivasan, last evening, made it very clear that Raina’s return to CSK was something that’s not in his hands and any decision regarding that would be taken by the team management and the captain MS Dhoni.
Srinivasan insisted one of the reasons why CSK has turned out to be a very successful franchise is because the franchise owners have never tried to interfere with the cricketing matters and they have never had any reason to do so because the team has already got the greatest captain of all time in the form of MS Dhoni.
Dhoni’s reaction on this whole matter has not come out yet as he has not interacted with the media. The CSK squad, since the time they have reached UAE, is in quarantine. Their fifth COVID test report is awaited and once that clears all the players, they can start training.
CSK would have started training after their third COVID test itself, but 13 members of the touring party including a couple of players were found COVID positive in the third test and CSK’s quarantine period had to be extended.
It’s because of CSK’s extended quarantine that BCCI has not released the IPL 2020 schedule yet because CSK is likely to face the reigning champions Mumbai Indians in the first game of the tournament, but that can only happen if all the CSK players are cleared for COVID in two consecutive tests and then, they can have training sessions for at least a couple of weeks.
Most of the CSK players have hardly had any training in the last 5 months. They had a camp in Chennai before their arrival to UAE, but it was only for 5 days.