Suresh Raina finally broke his silence regarding his exit from the IPL 2020. There were a lot of speculation regarding the same.
“It was a personal decision and I had to come back for my family. There was something that needed to be addressed immediately on the home front,” Raina told to Cricbuzz.
He added that there is no issue between CSK and him.
“CSK is my family too and Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) is very important to me and this was a tough decision. There is no issue between CSK and me,” Raina added.
Raina, who is one of the most experienced players in the team had represented the franchise in all the seasons. He said he is looking forward to playing IPL for the next four-five years.
“Nobody will just turn their back on Rs 12.5 crore and walk away without a solid reason. I might have retired from international cricket but I’m still young and I am looking forward to playing for them in the IPL for the next 4-5 years,” Raina added.
He added that he is prioritizing his family now.
“I have a young family back home and I was concerned about the fact that if something happened to me,” Raina said. “My family is most important to me and I am really concerned for them during these times. I haven’t seen my kids for more than 20 days, even after coming back, since I am in quarantine.”
Raina had tweeted seeking help from the government and police after his close relatives were attacked in Pathankot.
“The Pathankot incident was horrible and has really been very disturbing for everyone in our family. And it was my responsibility to come back and take care of them. But since I’ve returned, I’ve been in quarantine here. So, I still have to go meet my parents and my bua who are all in great distress,” the 33-year-old added.
He also added that BCCI is doing its best to take care of everyone during these unprecedented times. He said that the players will take time to adjust to the new reality.