“It’s been an absolute honour,” said former India batter Suresh Raina on Tuesday as he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, a move that makes him eligible for competing in overseas T20 leagues.
Since an active India or domestic player can’t take part in overseas leagues, Raina needed to take this step for him to explore T20 leagues around the world.
The 35-year-old had followed M S Dhoni into international retirement on August 15, 2020.
He continued playing the IPL in 2021 but was released by Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2022 season.
“It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of cricket,” Raina tweeted while thanking the BCCI, Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association and CSK.
He could also be seen in Cricket South Africa’s new T20 league, to be held next year, with all six teams owned by IPL franchises, including CSK.
Raina played his last competitive game in October 2021 when he turned up for CSK against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.
As an India player, Raina played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20s. He was part of the World Cup winning squad in 2011.
Early this year, CEO of Chennai Super Kings Kasi Viswanathan said that Raina has been a great asset for the team but considering his poor form, he will not fit into the MS Dhoni-led side.
“Missing out on Raina…He has been a great asset for the side earlier. Considering the current form, he did not fit into the side,” Viswanathan told PTI.
Suresh Raina has scored 5528 runs in 205 matches, which includes one century and 39 half-centuries and have also scalped 25 wickets during that span of time.
With PTI inputs