“It was a tough decision. CSK is also like my family, but when the faces of my children resurfaced in Dubai and the situation at Covid was not good, I decided to come back. ”
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Even though team CEO Kasi Viswanathan said via a Super Kings tweet that Raina “will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season” for “personal reasons,” Raina did not rule out the possibility that he would come back to Dubai if the “situation” got better.
“I am a CSK player forever. If the situation improves in Dubai, I might even come back. The door is not closed to me, ”he said.
Super Kings owner N Srinivasan told PTI whether or not Raina returns will depend on the team’s leadership – that is, Viswanathan, MS captain Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming. – and not from Srinivasan himself. “Listen, please understand this is not my field at all,” PTI said quoting. “We have a team, we own the franchise but we don’t have players. The team is ours but the players are not. I don’t own the players. ”
Srinivasan had previously expressed his displeasure with Raina’s exit, saying the drummer would “certainly realize what he was missing”, including the money that comes with an IPL contract.
“The [Srinivasan] maybe was angry, ”said Raina Perspective comments from Srinivasan. “Srinivasan sir is like a father figure to me and he has always stayed by my side and is close to my heart, he treats me like his youngest son.
The Super Kings have not named a replacement for Raina and are preparing for their first training session since arriving in Dubai on August 21. They were forced into extended quarantine after 11 of their staff and two players tested positive for Covid-19. While these 13 people have been moved to a separate hotel and are due to undergo two weeks of quarantine, the remaining contingent underwent another test on Monday and were found to be negative for Covid-19. They are scheduled for another Covid-19 test on September 3; if they agree to this, they can start training from September 4th.