The CSK camp primarily based in Dubai reported 13 COVID-19 instances, together with two primary squad members Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad, a growth which an IPL supply mentioned, performed a job within the recently-retired India participant’s exit from the occasion beginning September 19.
However, it has now emerged that the workforce administration was not significantly proud of the 32-year-old’s “conduct” through the quarantine time, one thing which infuriated CSK proprietor and former BCCI president N Srinivasan.
“In CSK, the norm is that the coach, captain and the manager get suites. However, Raina also gets a suite in any hotel that the franchise stays. It’s just that his room didn’t have a balcony,” an IPL supply advised PTI.
“It was an issue but I don’t think big enough to warrant a comeback (to India). There could be something more than just the scare of rising COVID-caseload in Chennai,” the supply added, alluding to a speculated breach of the bio-bubble by Raina.
He mentioned given the state of affairs, Raina may properly be gone for good not solely this season but additionally the following IPL scheduled in April, 2021. Chennai’s favorite ‘Chinna Thala’ could not put on the Canary yellow once more.
Is there a chance of Raina coming again this season, thereby altering the circumstances?
“He is unavailable this season and that is clear from the official statement issued by the CSK. Now there are certain things that have not gone down too well with the top people,” the supply mentioned.
“It looks highly improbable that someone who has retired and likely won’t play any cricket will come back for CSK. Maybe, he will be back in auction and someone else might pick him.”
CSK is punting closely on younger Ruturaj, anticipating that he’ll come good as soon as he completes the quarantine and rejoins the coaching session after two unfavourable exams.
“CSK has not yet asked for an official replacement for Raina…they are undecided,” the IPL supply added.
On the speculated bio-bubble breach, the supply mentioned an apology from Raina can have little influence on condition that the workforce is trying forward.
“I don’t know about the apology part but CSK will now be eyeing to prepare Ruturaj looking at the future and Dhoni and Fleming will rejig their strategy accordingly,” the supply added.
Raina is CSK’s highest run-getter with 4527 runs from 164 IPL video games. The Uttar Pradesh left-hander can also be the second highest scorer in IPL historical past with 5368 runs, second solely to Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s 5412 runs.
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