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MUMBAI: Can Suresh Raina – the second-highest scorer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) – go back to the tournament in Dubai that he left before it even started, stating ‘personal reasons’?
The answer to that has now become a multi-layered puzzle, a hypophora of sorts the BCCI is dealing with right now.

The Board must consider, from every single aspect possible, a basic question: “Why did Suresh Raina return from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp?” – if it intends to find an answer to whether he can return.
Raina told a leading magazine, that he did not find the CSK bubble safe. “When the bio-bubble is not safe how does one take a chance? I have a family with two little kids and elderly parents,” he was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

On Friday, he told a news agency: “It was a personal reason and I had to come back for my family”, referring to the unfortunate and violent incident in Pathankot that took a huge toll on his family.

On both occasions, Raina denied that he had returned because there was a rift with CSK skipper MS Dhoni. “What the BCCI will have to do is evaluate what exactly were the reasons. If it’s about his family, it’s his personal reason. If it was a rift with MS (Dhoni), then it’s CSK’s internal issue. If he came back because of depression, then it’s a mental issue. We can’t let him go if he’s depressed. Who’ll be responsible if something goes wrong?” a BCCI official said.
Whether there’s some other reason that the Board doesn’t know about as yet, is something BCCI would also like to consider, so as to be certain.
The Board is unsure if Raina has sought counselling, which is important in today’s times, especially under such extreme pressure that professionals have to go through.
Until then, the BCCI is unlikely to allow him to head back.

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