CSK will not part ways with Suresh Raina ahead of 2021 season: CSK official confirms

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Suresh Raina hit the headlines for a wrong reason recently for violating COVID-19 norms. The former Indian cricketer landed himself in troubled waters on Monday night when he was detained, booked and later released on bail for marking his presence at a Mumbai club with breached the norms. The star cricketer attended a party at Dragonfly club near the Mumbai airport which was then raided by the cops, who took 34 people into custody including 7 staff members.

Suresh Raina and singer Guru Randhawa were booked under Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC and provisions of NMDA.

The police detained the people at Dragonfly pub for keeping the establishment open above the permissible time limit while also not following Covid norms. Meanwhile, the former India cricketer is all set to play for his home state Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tourney, scheduled to be held in January next year.

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CSK will not part ways with Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina announced his retirement from international cricket along with his friend MS Dhoni in late August. After that, he flew with his CSK teammates to the United Arab Emirates to play the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. However, just days ahead of the IPL, the veteran cricketer backed out of the tournament citing personal reasons.

He further went on to add saying that he wanted to spend time with his family members. Then again, there were reports claiming that Suresh Raina had a tussle with CSK team management over his hotel room in Dubai. Then days later, CSK franchise removed Suresh Raina’s name from its official website. There were also reports and speculations that CSK has parted ways with Raina, who is the club’s highest run-scorer with 5,368 runs in 193 games.

Amid reports that Raina might not play for the yellow army again, a CSK official confirmed that Raina will remain with the franchise. CSK official on the conditions of anonymity confirmed that they will not part ways with the star cricketer ahead of the upcoming IPL. “He will be with us. There are no plans to part with him,” Mumbai Mirror quoted a top CSK official as saying.