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Update N Srinivasan clarifies 'prima donna' comment, says 'franchise will stand by Raina'

CSK boss N Srinivasan clarifies 'prima donna' comment, says 'franchise will stand by Raina'

Former BCCI president and present Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan on Monday clarified his "prima donna" comment on veteran cricketer Suresh Raina which he opined was "taken out of context" and rather hailed the batsman for his contribution to the franchise which "is second to none."

Earlier this week, Raina announced his sudden departure from Dubai for home, hence making himself unavailable for the entire IPL 2020 citing "personal reasons". While a report had suggested that it was due to an attack on his relatives in Pathankot, PTI reported that the latest COVID-19 outbreak in the CSK camp might have been the reason.

But earlier on Sunday, Outlook reported saying that a hotel room rift was the reason, after which even MS Dhoni failed to pacify his deputy, and Srinivasan was left shocked over Raina's departure.

Clarifying his words, Srinivasan, speaking to Times of India, said, his (Raina’s) contribution to the CSK franchise has been phenomenal through the years."

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