Will Suresh Raina’s arrest impact his relation with CSK? The franchise opens up

Suresh Raina
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Former India batsman Suresh Raina has been in the news ever since he has pulled out his name from the 13th edition of Indian Premier League despite travelling with the team in the UAE. However, he has been in the limelight now for a different reason and this time for a good one. His IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings want him back for the next season, according to a recent report in Mumbai Mirror. While Raina cited personal reasons, many suggested there were issues with him that led him out of the squad.

Suresh Raina
Chennai Super Kings player Suresh Raina.

However, a franchise official confirmed that the team is certainly looking to have his service in the upcoming season. “He will be with us. There are no plans to part with him,” a top CSK management official told Mumbai Mirror. The official was reacting after Raina’s arrest in Mumbai for breaking the night curfew, but was later released on bail. “We have only read about the arrest. Our plans have nothing to do with that development. He will continue to be with us,” the franchise official added.

On the other hand, Raina has been arrested in Mumbai after a raid at the Mumbai Dragonfly club, which is near to the Mumbai airport recently. It took place because they didn’t follow Covid guidelines and kept the establishment open beyond the permissible time limit. As per a report in India Today, apart from Raina, the other arrested people were singer Guru Randhawa and celebrity Sussanne Khan. A total number of 34 people were arrested on that day, which also included seven members of the hotel staff as well.

Notably, the club is situated in Hotel JW Marriot in Andheri and the incident happened at around 2.30 am under section 188 of IPC, Bombay Police Act and Epidemic Disease Act.

However, Mumbai Police has already issued an official statement, citing that an “offence has been registered u/s 188, 269, 34 IPC and u/s 51 NDMA against 34 persons at Sahar police station after the raid was conducted at 2.50 AM at Dragonfly pub, for keeping establishment open beyond the permissible time limit, not following Covid norms such as social distancing, not wearing a face mask.”

As far as Suresh Raina is concerned, the veteran is set to play for his home team Uttar Pradesh (UP) in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which is scheduled to begin on January 10.

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