Chennai Superkings (CSK) owner N. Suresh Raina is like a son to Srinivasan and on Wednesday said that the decision on this all-rounder’s return to the team will be taken by the team management led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Last week, Raina returned from CSK’s camp in Dubai after 13 cases of Kovid-19, including national team pacer Deepak Chahar. The former chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was initially angry at Raina’s departure, but later relented.
The player also appears to have spoken to Srinivasan and indicated that he might return to the camp, stating him as a father. Srinivasan said, ‘I think of him like a son. The reason for the team’s success in the IPL is that the franchise has never bumped its nose in cricket matters. India Cements has been running cricket since the 60s. I will always be like this. So does he expect Raina to return to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and play in the IPL? So the former head of the International Cricket Council (ICC) said, “Look, please understand that he is not in my jurisdiction (whether Raina returns or not).” He said, ‘We are the owners of the team, we are the owners of the franchise but we are not the owners of the players. The team is ours but not the players. I do not own the players.
Srinivasan says that the decision on Raina will be taken by the team management, which means captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Chief Executive Officer KS Vishwanathan. He said, ‘I am not a cricket captain. I never told him (team management) who to feed, who to auction, and never. We have an all-time great captain. So why should I interfere in cricket matters?