“When I said that Cricketers are like Prima Donnas it wasn’t in a negative sense”, says N Srinivasan!

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Just a day after N Srinivasan made startling comments about Suresh Raina’s exit from the IPL 2020, the former the IPL 2020 the former BCCI Chief clarified that his comments is not in context of Suresh.

A report in the Outlook on Sunday also stated that Srinivasan CSK’s owner felt that Raina will regret his decision and would want to come back.

 “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 was quoted as saying.

The comments came just after Raina’s sudden exit from the IPL which shook the already shattered CSK due to two of their cricketers tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the 13th edition of the IPL which is scheduled to take place in the UAE. Besides, the death of a relative is reported to have been a reason behind Raina’s decision to fly back home.

However Srinivasan made it quite clear that the CSK franchise is always behind Raina in these testing times. “The franchise will always stand by him and he has our complete support during these times of distress. The franchise will always stand by him and he has our complete support during these times of distress.” Srinivasan told media.

“These boys, they’re family. They’ve been family for over a decade now. When I said ‘cricketers are like prima donnas’, it wasn’t in a negative sense. A prima donna is the lead singer in an opera. Similarly, cricketers are always at the forefront of an exercise like this.”

However media also claimed that Raina had a rift with MS Dhoni over a hotel room & quoted Srinivasan as saying, “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. 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.”