Comment was taken out of context: CSK owner N Srinivasan about Suresh Raina's exit from IPL 2020
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Sep 01, 2020, 12:32 pm
Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan issued a clarification on Monday in regard to his previous comments on Suresh Raina, when he stated that cricketers are like "prima donnas". The CSK chief said that his words had been taken out of context and that the team is still standing with Raina. He offered support to the former India batsman saying they will be right beside him during "these times of distress".
Suresh Raina had returned to India exiting the entire season of the upcoming thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League with Mr Srinivasan stating that the star batsman's contribution to CSK has always been "phenomenal". In an interview to Times of India, the CSK boss stated, "Suresh Raina's contribution to the Chennai Super Kings franchise is second to none and it is unfortunate that people are trying to put two and two together to drive a wedge." He added, "His contribution to CSK has been phenomenal over the years."
Mr Srinivasan also stated that, "It is important to understand what Suresh is going through and give him space." He added, "The franchise will always stand by him and he has our complete support during these times of distress,".
The former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President had earlier told Outlook that, "Cricketers are like prima donnas ... like the temperamental actors of the olden days." Offering a clarification on the statement, Mr Srinivasan said, "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."
On August 29, Suresh Raina headed back to India, with CSK CEO KS Viswananthan making the announcement on the franchise Twitter page saying the cricketer left the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to "personal reasons". Mr Srinivasan had been quoted as saying earlier, "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,". He also 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,".