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Update Chennai Super Kings' Suresh Raina pulls out of IPL 2020, returns home from UAE

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Chennai Super Kings' batsman Suresh Raina has withdrawn from the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. The official Twitter profile of CSK confirmed the development.

"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," CSK wrote.

Raina has been one of the key members of the CSK franchise over the years. The left-handed batsman is the second-highest run-scorer in the history of the Indian Premier League.


What forced Suresh Raina to pull out of IPL 2020? Details here

"Suresh's absence will be a big blow for the CSK and also, he is one of the biggest draws in IPL. But in these times, if any player doesn't feel 100 per cent and has some other pressing priorities, any team respects that and CSK is no different," a senior IPL official privy to development in CSK camp told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

While it couldn't be officially confirmed but speculation was rife that a family tragedy coupled by spike in COVID-19 cases in the team might have disturbed the former India left-hander who retired on August 15 alongside his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Another theory doing the rounds is that he was disturbed by the murder of his 58-year-old uncle Ashok Kumar in Pathankot during an alleged robbery attempt. Four of his relatives, including his aunt, also sustained injuries allegedly in an attack by robbers, police said on Saturday.

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