Suresh Raina with little hope to re-join the Chennai Super Kings “bubble” for the upcoming Indian Premier League in the UAE has associated with the poker brand 9Stacks Poker.
Raina will be the brand ambassador of the poker company.
The veteran cricketer, who announced retirement from international cricket along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni last month, was seen promoting the poker brand on his social media platforms.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce my association with @9stackspoker. I have found immense fondness for online poker on this amazing platform and I encourage you all to join me and play along. #9stackspoker https://bit.ly/3kkffl3,” Suresh Raina stated in a tweet that also carried a video message.
Raina, while saying that he kept himself busy during the lockdown playing poker, also asserted that it is a game of high skill that needs high cerebral strength to succeed.
It gives me great pleasure to announce my association with @9stackspoker. I have found immense fondness for online poker on this amazing platform and I encourage you all to join me and play along. #9stackspoker https://t.co/Xu0xVKFnFz pic.twitter.com/fawJB6YNZV
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 15, 2020
Raina had returned from the UAE after 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings Camp, including medium-pacer Deepak Chahar and wicketkeeper-batsman Ruturaj Gaekwad, have tested positive for the COVID-19 infection.
He has since been in regular touch with the CSK management. However, Raina’s return to the squad is almost ruled out as the team management reportedly finds it difficult to get him back into the bio-secure bubble, which will require at least one week of quarantine on return to the UAE.
Pratik Kumar, Co-founder, 9stacks says, “Suresh Raina is an inspiration to millions of Indians. His skill as a sportsperson is a result of years of practice, passion, understanding of the game and hard-work and this skill has made him win many matches for India and become the champion that he is”.
Pratik further adds “Poker is a mind sport, and like any other sport requires skill, hours of practice, studying, mathematics and strategy to master the game. We are delighted to associate with Suresh Raina who can be a true ambassador of the game and promote poker as a mind sport to a wider audience”.
Suresh Raina, the legendary cricketer adds, “During the lockdown, we all learned a lot of new things and I for one picked up playing poker online on 9stacks. It’s a fun game of skill that makes you think and apply numerous strategies to win. I looked at all other platforms in the market but I can confidently say that 9stacks stands out as the best platform amongst all. I am thoroughly excited now to associate with the 9stacks poker platform and look forward to working closely with the brand in the coming months”.