Ever since Suresh Raina said that he has not ruled out the possibility of playing this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), speculations are doing the rounds on social media. The left-handed batsman sensationally returned to India from UAE citing personal reasons.
Later, Chennai Super Kings announced that their batting mainstay has pulled out of the entire competition. But in a recent interview, he stated that he has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the UAE, telling Cricbuzz.
“I’ve been training even while quarantining here. You never know you might see me in the camp there again.”
Well, even if Suresh Raina gets ready to return to UAE for IPL 2020, the decision will not solely depend on him. The BCCI will have a big say in the same. At a time when the Indian cricket board has done extensive planning to ensure that the IPL goes ahead during the pandemic, it is highly unlikely Suresh Raina will be allowed to enter the CSK camp straightaway.
Suresh Raina’s fate depends on BCCI:
As per report in The Times of India, the BCCI will first find out the exact reason behind Suresh Raina’s decision to leave UAE. He recently gave a few reasons for the same. After saying that he pulled out of the IPL due to personal reasons, he also stated that the bio bubble is not safe. The former India batsman had also denied reports of rift between him and MS Dhoni.
“When the bio-bubble is not safe how does one take a chance? I have a family with two little kids and elderly parents,” he had said.
A BCCI official has said that if Suresh Raina returned to India because of depression, he won’t be allowed to return to play IPL 2020.
“What the BCCI will have to do is evaluate what exactly were the reasons. If it’s about his family, it’s his personal reason. If it was a rift with MS (Dhoni), then it’s CSK’s internal issue. If he came back because of depression, then it’s a mental issue. We can’t let him go if he’s depressed. Who’ll be responsible if something goes wrong? the BCCI official told the news outlet.
The BCCI would definitely want to know the real reason behind Raina’s departure before letting him return to UAE if he wants to. The board is also unsure if the batsman has sought counselling which is important for players as they face extreme pressure situations. But until the situation is completely clear, the BCCI is unlikely to allow him to head back.