Former India cricketer Suresh Raina is reportedly set to retire from the Indian domestic including the Indian T20 League. Recently, he was seen practising wearing the Chennai franchise practice kit. Also, the left-hander has recently expressed his desire to play in the cash-rich next year.
“Yes, I have been working really hard and spending lot of time in the nets. I am focusing on keeping my basics intact and not too much thinking of ITL 2023 auction. But I would love to make a return in the league and will expect some incredible bids on my name,” said Suresh Raina.
However, it is now reported that the two-time World Championships winner has now decided to retire from the Indian domestic setup. In the development reported by Dainik Jagran, the Uttar Pradesh player has informed the UPCA and the Indian Cricket Board about his decision to retire.
“I have informed both UPCA and BCCI Sec Jay Shah about my decision. Now I am free to play any of the foreign league”, Raina was quoted as saying by Dainik Jagran
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Suresh Raina was vocal about Indian players being allowed to play in foreign leagues
When the world was on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 35-year-old had a chat with a former teammate in the national team, Irfan Pathan. The duo was in agreement with the theory that the Indian players, who are not in the national team’s selection reckoning must be allowed to play in the foreign leagues.
The Indian Cricket Board doesn’t allow its players to play in foreign T20 leagues to ensure the brand of the biggest T20 league doesn’t dilute. Notably, players such as Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, and Pravin Tambe have played in the non-Indian T20 Leagues after retiring from Indian cricket. Singh played in the Global T20 League Canada, Pathan played in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League, and Tambe played in the Caribbean Premier League.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that Raina will play in the upcoming Road Safety World Series.