Suresh Raina skipped IPL 2020 due to his unhappiness over hotel room: Reports
Dubai/IBNS: Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has returned to the country skipping the delayed 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) because he was not happy with the hotel room he was offered, several media reports claimed.
Reportedly, Raina, who plays for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL, wanted a room similar to what his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had got.
In strict words, CSK owner N Srinivasan told Outlook, "Cricketers are like prima donnas ... like the temperamental actors of the olden days. Chennai Super Kings have always been like a family and all seniors players have learnt to co-exist."
"My thinking is that if you are reluctant or not happy, go back. I don't force anyone to do anything ... sometimes success gets into your head
"I spoke to MS (Dhoni) and he has assured me that even if the numbers go up, there was nothing to worry. He spoke to the players through a zoom call and asked them to remain safe. You really don't know who is a passive carrier."
"The season has not begun yet and Raina will certainly realise what he is missing and certainly all the money (a salary of 11 crores per season) he is going to lose," he added.
However, CSK on Saturday issued a statement saying Raina returned to India owing to his personal reasons.
CSK CEO KS Viswanathan had said, "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."
The IPL 2020 will kickstart in the UAE on Sept 19.