Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Suresh Raina has pulled out of the Indian Premier League citing “personal reasons”, the franchise said on Saturday.
The 33-year-old had retired from international cricket earlier this month.
“Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time,” CSK tweeted CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s statement.
Raina, who has been a key member of the CSK squad since the first season of the IPL, was looking forward to play in the tournament after announcing his retirement from international cricket, along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni on August 15.
At least 10 members of the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings contingent which is currently stationed in Dubai have tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, making it the first such case among the eight teams which are in UAE for the 2020 Indian Premier League.
According to an official in the know, one India player and a senior ranking official are among those who have tested positive. However, there is no official confirmation about the total number of positive cases in the CSK camp.