CSK star batsman Suresh Raina returned to India on August 29 due to certain “personal reasons”. CEO KS Viswanathan in a tweet posted on the team’s Official Twitter handle also said that Raina would be unavailable for the IPL 2020 season.
However according to a source, Raina was unhappy with the hotel room as he was assigned & wanted accommodation similar to that of CSK Captain MS Dhoni. CSK Owner & BCCI President N Srinivasan linked cricketers to “prima donnas” but said that Dhoni “was in complete control of the situation”.
Cricketers are like prima donnas … like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all seniors’ players have learnt to co-exist,” said Srinivasan.
“My thinking is that if you are reluctant or not happy, go back. I don’t force anyone to do anything … sometimes success gets into your head,” Srinivasan said.
“I spoke to MS (Dhoni) and he has assured me that even if the numbers go up, there was nothing to worry. He spoke to the players through a zoom call and asked them to remain safe. You really don’t know who is a passive carrier,” Srinivasan said.
“The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realize what he is missing and certainly all the money (a salary of 11 crores per season) he is going to lose,” the CSK boss said. CSK’s preparations for the upcoming Indian Premier League hit a snag after it emerged that two players and some staff members of the franchise tested positive for COVID-19.