Crime, Gossip, Money, and Why Suresh Raina Has Decided to Skip IPL This Year

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Crime, Gossip, Money, and Why Suresh Raina Has Decided to Skip IPL This Year

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

Suresh Raina’s sudden departure from the Chennai Super Kings squad, and a decision to skip the IPL left fans wondering what was going on. CSK owner N Srinivasan’s comments that Raina would “certainly realise” what he would be missing and “the money he is going to lose” seemed to suggest a rift in the team.

Suresh Raina broke his silence after days of speculation, through a series of tweets. “What happened to my family in Punjab was beyond horrible,” he stated, revealing details of the crime that claimed the lives of his uncle and cousin, leaving his aunt and cousin severely injured.

Raina’s uncle was killed in an alleged attack by robbers in the Pathankot district of Punjab. Raina further stated that his family is still not aware as to who was behind this attack. He requested Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to look into the matter.

Raina had pulled out of the IPL citing personal reasons last week. CSK CEO KS Vishwanathan was quoted in a tweet stating, “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.”

N Srinivasan, whose comments had caused quite a stir on social media, claimed they had been taken out of context. “As far as Suresh Raina is concerned, he is a great player who has done so much for CSK. We have a lot of respect for him. We have a lot of regard and affection for all that he has done. CSK will always stand by him,” Srinivasan told The Indian Express.

Asked whether Raina would return to the team next year, he said, “See, next year is next year. He is a great player. He is very important to CSK and CSK will stand by him.” While admitting that it would be difficult to fill the void left behind by Raina, he said he had trust in Dhoni’s leadership and that CSK would “manage”.

Fans of the former Indian cricketer expressed their grief on social media.

“Request @capt_amarinder Ji to personally monitor the probe. And ensure the culprits must be punished,” said Congress’ Salman Nizami.

The Chennai Super Kings account expressed their support for “Chinna Thala”.

One hopes the Punjab Police takes swift action and the perpetrators of crime are brought to justice. If the relatives of a cricket star can be subjected to such lawlessness and criminality, it speaks very poorly of the overall apparatus in the country. The faith of the ordinary Indian can only be restored by punishing criminals in a timely manner.

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