The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have already begun training for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2021). Several of their stars, including captain MS Dhoni, can be seen sweating it out at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Meanwhile, veteran batsman Suresh Raina is yet to join the training camp.
Raina was supposed to join his CSK teammates on March 15, i.e. six days after the beginning of the practice sessions in Chennai. However, the former India international will now be joining the camp only after March 24, as recently revealed by CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan.
While speaking with InsideSport, Vishwanathan said that Raina has some ‘personal work’ to attend and will be able to join his side only after March 24.
“He [Raina] has some personal work to attend. Once he finishes it he will join us. He has communicated to us that he will join the camp after March 24,” Kashi told InsideSport.
Raina had pulled out of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League at the last moment citing “personal reasons”. Reports had suggested that Raina had left the CSK camp after his fallout with the team owners. While Raina maintained his stand for missing the IPL, CSK co-owner N. Srinivasan had a strong word of caution for him.
However, Kasi further said that there is no problem between Raina and management, and their star batsman will join soon.
“There is no problem. He has some personal commitments and taken permission from the team for joining a bit late. Let us respect every individual’s decision on this.”
On January 20, the CSK franchise retained 18 of their stars from the previous edition of the league. The following month, they further enhanced their squad with new additions in the form of Moeen Ali, Cheteshwar Pujara and uncapped Indian cricketers like Krishnappa Gowtham and C Hari Nishanth.
CSK Players Slated to Participate in IPL 2021:
MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, N. Jagadeesan, Robin Uthappa, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, R. Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, KM Asif, Moeen Ali, Cheteshwar Pujara, Krishnappa Gowtham, C Hari Nishanth, Bhagath Varma, Harishankar Reddy.