Suresh Raina Will Not Play In The IPL Ever Again

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Suresh Raina Will Not Play In The IPL Ever Again

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Former Indian cricketer and World Cup hero Suresh Raina has announced his decision to bid adieu to all formats of cricket, including domestic cricket and the IPL as well. Raina will not play for Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming domestic season. The cricketer will ply his trade in the different T20 leagues across the globe.

Hailed as one of the top-scoring players in the history of the Indian Premier League, had gone unsold in the 2022 mega auction despite the number of teams increasing from 8 to 10. He is unarguably one of the biggest names in IPL history. Though Raina has already retired from international cricket, but as per the BCCI's rules, he still isn't eligible to play an overseas T20 league. So, in order to play in different leagues around the world, Raina needed to retire from domestic cricket and IPL too.

Suresh Raina
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On Tuesday, Raina took to his social media and made a big announcement, taking the social media by storm. He wrote:

"It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of Cricket. I would like to thank  @BCCI,  @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities 🇮🇳"

Check out the Tweet:

Earlier, Raina was quoted by news daily Dainik Jagran saying, “I want to continue playing cricket for two or three years. There are some exciting youngsters who are coming through the ranks of Uttar Pradesh cricket. I have already taken my No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA). I have informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah and vice-president Rajiv Shukla about my decision.”

Suresh Raina will be seen playing in the upcoming edition of the Road Safety World Series, starting from September 10. Raina had himself confirmed the same by saying: “I will play in the Road Safety Series. T20 franchises from South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE have contacted me but I am yet to take any decision,”