Suresh Raina left IPL 2020 after being unhappy with hotel room: Report
Chennai Super Kings star batsman Suresh Raina dropped out of the upcoming thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League and returned to India on August 29, with franchise CEO KS Viswanathan announcing the left-hander left the United Arab Emirate (UAE) due to "personal reasons". The announcement was made by Viswanathan on the franchise's Twitter page, while he also added that Raina would be unavailable for the entirety of IPL 2020 season. That said, a new report claiming the cricketing superstar decided not to continue with preparations for the tournament as he was unhappy with the hotel room that was assigned to him and wanted accomodation similar to that of CSK captain MS Dhoni.
Speaking to Outlook, CSK owner and former BCCI President N Srinivasan compared cricketers to "prima donnas", while stating that Dhoni "was in complete control of the situation". Srinivasan said, "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,". He added, "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,"
Addressing the COVID-19 situation within the team, Mr 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,". The CSK chief also reiterated that there will be a lot for Raina to miss with IPL 2020. He said, "The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realise what he is missing and certainly all the money (a salary of 11 crores per season) he is going to lose,".
With the 53-day cash-rich IPL 2020 scheduled to be held from September 19 to November 10, CSK has fallen short of its preparations after two players including a few staff members of the franchise tested positive for the novel coronavirus.