Chennai Super Kings has denied that the contracts of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have been terminated by the Indian Premier League franchisee.
Both the seasoned pros are not part fo the Chennai Super Kings for the ongoing IPL Season 13.
A senior CSK executive has confirmed to SportzFront that the team has not terminated anyone’s contract.
“We have not terminated anyone’s contract,” said the executive. “Player contracts are renewable after each year for a period of three years. After the completion of 3 years, it depends on the rule regarding player contracts with relation to retaining or going into auction based on BCCI’s guidelines.
“We follow the above rules and have not terminated any player’s contract.”
The official further confirmed that all the teams are bound to abide by the rules and playing conditions defined by the BCCI. “There are rules in place for everything. We work within those rules,” he said.
As per the IPL rules, the players are paid on a pro-rata basis as per their availability for the number of matches during an IPL season.
The CSK, however, had removed the names of both the veteran cricketers from their official website. “The website shows the CSK team for the ongoing IPL season. If someone has opted out, can we show him as a team member?” questioned the official.
Harbhajan did not travel to the UAE with the team citing family reasons and had subsequently opted out of the tournament.
Raina had flown back from Dubai after 13 members of the CSK camp, including medium-pacer Deepak Chahar and young wicketkeeper Ruturaj Gaekwad, had tested positive for COVID-19 infection. Raina was reportedly uncomfortable as the team’s quarantine period was extended by two weeks.
Raina had since been in regular touch with the team management. But the team had declined to get him back into the bio-secure bubble.