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Suresh Raina returns home, not to play IPL 2020

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In what could be termed as a double whammy for IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), its star all-rounder Suresh Raina had to return to India due to personal reasons. Suresh Raina will remain unavailable for the entire IPL season.

The unfortunate development for CSK comes a day after one of its pace bowlers tested COVID-19 positive. Additionally, 12 members of the support staff have also tested positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, there are reports that a right-handed top order batsman of the squad has tested postive for coronavirus.

CSK took to Twitter to inform its supporters about the development. CSK’s CEO KS Vishwanathan informed that Raina will remain unavailable for IPL. He also added that the franchise offers complete support to Suresh Raina and his family.

CSK tweeted: “Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time.”

Raina highest scorer for CSK

Suresh Raina recently announced his retirement from international cricket alongside his CSK and India teammate MS Dhoni. Interestingly, he is the highest scorer for CSK in the IPL with 5,368 runs.

Also Read: Bumpy start for Dhoni’s CSK in IPL 2020 

Overall, he is the second-highest scorer in IPL after Virat Kohli’s 5,412.

CSK squad under quarantine till September 1

After its pacer and members of the support staff tested COVID-19 positive, the teams quarantine period has been extended till September 1. The team was supposed to start training in UAE from August 28. However, it could not happen.

IPL 2020 to be held in September-October

IPL 2020 is scheduled to be held from September 19 to November 10 and it will be held in the UAE. Three venues have been selected for the tournament—Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Cancellation of ICC T20 World Cup cleared way for IPL

Interestingly, the cancellation of the ICC T20 World Cup has made way for IPL 2020. IPL was supposed to start on March 29. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had to be postponed. In fact, the tournament this year will be organised only because the T20 World Cup has been cancelled.

 

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