Chennai Super Kings (CSK) owner N Srinivasan commented on his earlier comments about Suresh Raina on Monday when he said cricketers are like “prima donna’s” and said his words were taken out of context. He went on to say that the franchise will support Raina and that the former Indian batsman will always have their support during “these times of need”. Raina, whose contribution to the team was described by Srinivasan as “phenomenal”, recently retired from the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season and returned to India.
“Suresh Raina’s contribution to the Chennai Super Kings franchise is unparalleled and it is unfortunate that people are trying to merge two and two to drive a wedge,” said Srinivasan. Times of India.
“His contribution to CSK has been phenomenal over the years,” added the CSK boss.
“It’s important to understand what Suresh is going through and give him space.”
“The franchise will always be with him and he has our full support in these times of need,” added Srinivasan.
Earlier, the Outlook had quoted the former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI): “Cricketers are like prima donna’s … like the spirited actors of yesteryear.”
He clarified the quote, saying, “These guys are family. They’ve been family for over ten years now. When I said ‘cricketers are like prima donna’s,” it wasn’t in a negative sense. A prima donna is the lead singer of an opera. Likewise, cricketers are always at the forefront of an exercise like this, ”he said.
Raina returned to India on August 29, where franchise CEO KS Viswanathan said the left-handed had left the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for “personal reasons”.
“I think if you are hesitant or not happy, you should go back. I am not forcing anyone to do anything … sometimes success gets into your head,” Srinivasan had quoted.
“The season has not started yet and Raina will certainly realize what he is missing and certainly all the money (a salary of 11 crores per season) that he will lose,” he was further quoted as saying.
CSK is struggling even before the tournament has started.
CSK’s preparations for the upcoming Indian Premier League were dull after it emerged that two players and several employees of the franchise tested positive for COVID-19.
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