Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has now spoken up for the first time since his exit for the entire upcoming thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his decision to return to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Raina has issued a statement in regard to a gruesome attack on a few of his family members in Punjabs Pathankot district in which his uncle was killed. His cousin too had been battling for days after the horrific incident and had passed away on Tuesday, the cricketer revealed. 

Taking to his Twitter page, Raina detailed the crime that had claimed his uncle and cousin's lives saying, "What happened to my family in Punjab was beyond horrible. My uncle was slaughtered to death, my bua and both my cousins had sever injuries. Unfortunately my cousin also passed away last night after battling for life for days. My bua is still very very critical and is on life support."

Raina further continued in another tweet saying, "Till date we don’t know what exactly had happened that night and who did this. I request @PunjabPoliceInd to look into this matter. We at least deserve to know who did this heinous act to them. Those criminals should not be spared to commit more crimes," he said, tagging the Punjab police and Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh in his tweet and requesting them to mete out justice.

Suresh Raina's exit from IPL 2020 left many fans across the country in a state of shock, with his Chennai Super Kings squad offering him support. CSK owner N Srinivasan upon being queried on the cricketer's return to the franchise next year said, "See, next year is next year. He is a great player. He is very important to CSK and CSK will stand by him." CSK CEO K Viswanathan announced on the franchise's Twitter page on August 29 that Raina had returned home due to "personal reasons" and that he would be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. The team also extended their support to the cricketer and his family during this time.

The cash-rich 53-day IPL 2020 is scheduled to be played in the UAE in three venues - Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah - from September 19 to November 10 after being moved out of India due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis. CSK is yet to begin their training as the team has extended its quarantine in their hotel in Dubai after two players including a few members of the support staff in the squad tested positive for COVID-19. As of now, an IPL Medical Team is monitoring their health round the clock and have also isolated their close contacts from other team members.