Raina speaks. First time he has spoken after leaving UAE

The curios mystery around Suresh Raina saw many eyes and raised many questions on the left-hander and IPL that what was the main reason of Raina leaving the tournament so early before even players can come out of isolation and start their training in a bio-secure bubble.

Suresh Raina had left the CSK camp after reaching Dubai and is already in India citing personal reasons as his reason for departure. Team management and others, including Paddy Upton have spoken a bit about it and urged others to respect the decision.

For the first time, Suresh Raina spoke about the incident. He said that he didn’t want to take the chance as there were positive cases in his Chennai team in a bio-secure environment.

Raina said: “When the bio-bubble is not safe how does one take a chance? I have a family with two little kids and elderly parents. For me returning to the family was more important.

It was a tough decision. CSK is also like my family but when the face of my kids surfaced in Dubai and the Covid situation was not looking good, I decided to return.

I am a CSK player forever. If the situation gets better in Dubai, I may even return. The door is not closed on me.”

Super Kings might well start their training from September 4, all the other teams have already started training after clearing the mandatory Covid-19 tests required for each individual.

The team management has not announced a name as Raina’s replacement and the franchise’s owner N Srinivasan has said that Raina’s return to the team would be up to the team management. They are the deciding body for Raina’s arrival.

Meanwhile, ex-Sunrisers Hyderabad and current New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has also shown his concern for the tournament considering the number of positive cases that appeared in the Chennai camp. He also urged to be very cautious and everybody needs to be very careful in following the protocols of the tournament.

Williamson said: “Obviously that’s bad news. You don’t want to hear anybody Covid. I hear they are predominantly asymptomatic, so hopefully through another lockdown period, they can come through and we’ll be okay.

There’s a little bit of apprehension, certainly as you get nearer to the time…you start thinking you do have to be extremely vigilant and disciplined.”

Williamson is due to leave for the competition on Thursday to join his team Sunrisers Hyderabad. Williamson captained the team in 2018 and 2019. Under his captaincy, the team reached the final of 2018 losing to Chennai Super Kings. This February, the captaincy was handed over back to Australia’s David Warner who was the captain of the team before Williamson from 2015 to 2017 and led the team to their only title in 2016.

The IPL is scheduled to begin from September 19 as we still await the schedule of the tournament fixtures.