Former India batsman Suresh Raina is ready to represent his home state Uttar Pradesh in the highly anticipated Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which is scheduled to take place in January next year. Raina announced his retirement from International cricket in August this year, but the World Cup-winning cricketer will continue to play home cricket for his native state of Uttar Pradesh and in the Indian Premier League.
Raina shared the news with her fans on Twitter with pictures of her training on the networks. Although Raina has not played competitive cricket over the past year, he has trained extensively in the gym and has kept himself fit for the upcoming home season in India.
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Raina also did not play the Indian Premier League season 2020 in UAE because he had to return home for “personal reasons”. In his absence, the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super KIngs struggled and later failed to reach the finals for the first time. CSK finished at the 7th position.
The BCCI had to postpone the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be played across six states from January 10 to 31, 2021.