Suresh Raina has broken his silence over his unexpected pullout from the IPL, saying he returned to India for his family and he might even fly back to Dubai to rejoin the Chennai Super Kings for the tournament beginning September 19.
Raina, who announced his international retirement alongside M S Dhoni on August 15, also rubbished reports claiming a rift between him and his longtime franchise.
The contingent recorded 13 COVID-19 cases, including two players, and Raina’s pullout was attributed to that. “It was a personal decision and I had to come back for my family. There was something that needed to be addressed immediately on the home front. CSK is my family too and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) is very important to me and this was a tough decision,” Raina told ‘Cricbuzz’.
“There is no issue between CSK and me. Nobody will just turn their back on Rs 12.5 crore and walk away without a solid reason. I might have retired from international cricket but I’m still young and I am looking forward to playing for them in the IPL for the next 4-5 years,” he said. He also dropped a hint on rejoining the team in Dubai when asked about his future with CSK.
“I’ve been training even while quarantining here. You never know you might see me in the camp there again,” said the southpaw. When CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan was asked about Raina’s long-term future with the franchise, he said the team backs all its players.
“He has said he is not available for the season. We always support the player. He said he has got some personal issues going on. So he can come back whenever he is fit and ready. That is what we want.