Former Indian stalwart, Suresh Raina has decided to announce retirement from all forms of the game, including the IPL, making him eligible to take part in various T20 leagues around the world. Since Raina announced his retirement from competitive cricket, rumors regarding his involvement in various tournaments throughout the world have been teeming.
Suresh Raina is presently playing for the Sachin Tendulkar-led India Legends team in the second season of the Legends League Cricket. Meanwhile, recent reports are suggesting that Raina will be playing in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Pictures circulating on social media suggest that Suresh Raina will be leading the Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10 League in the United Arab Emirates. Although there has been no official confirmation, a Dainik Jagran journalist likewise made the same assertion on social media.
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Notable athletes who formerly played in the Abu Dhabi T10 League include Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, S. Badrinath, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, and Praveen Kumar. After retiring from international cricket, Raina reportedly asked the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association and the Board of Control for Cricket in India for a No Objection Certificate.
Suresh Raina had said, “I wish to play cricket for around two to three years more. A lot of good players are there in the Uttar Pradesh domestic team now and doing really well. I have obtained NOC from UPCA as well.”
Notably, a cricket player who is actively competing in India must resign in order to play in international leagues and seek such opportunities. Known as “Mr. IPL,” Raina struggled to find any buyers at the player auction for the 2022 IPL since the CSK supporter had to join the experts for commentary. 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20 internationals were all played by Raina. Additionally, he was a member of the 2011 World Cup championship squad.