IPL 2020: Won’t play this year, expect some privacy as I spend time with family, says Harbhajan Singh

IPL 2020: Won’t play this year, expect some privacy as I spend time with family, says Harbhajan Singh

IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh appealed for “privacy” after announcing his decision to skip Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on Friday. Harbhajan is the 2nd CSK player after Suresh Raina to withdraw from the tournament due to personal reasons.

Harbhajan Singh had reportedly informed Chennai Super Kings of his decision to pull out from IPL 2020 owing to personal reasons two weeks ago but CSK had asked him to take some more time and think over his decision.

Doubts about Harbhajan’s participation grew when he didn’t fly with franchise and his teammates to Dubai, which will be their home for the 53-day T20 extravaganza. Bhajji had also skipper CSK’s 6-day training camp in Chennai last month.

“I will not be playing IPL this year due to personal reasons.These are difficult times and I would expect some privacy as I spend time with my family. @ChennaiIPL CSK management has been extremely supportive and I wish them a great IPL. Stay safe and Jai Hind,” Harbhajan tweeted.

“Harbhajan Singh informed us he won’t be available due to personal reasons. Team Chennai Super Kings is supportive of his decision and stands by him and his family during these testing times,” CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said in a statement.

Chennai Super Kings’ build-up for the tournament has been hampered by this latest shocker after 13 members of the franchise tested positive for coronavirus and then vice-captain Raina decided to return home after a personal tragedy which took place in his family.

Fast bowler Deepak Chahar and batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad were among the 13 who contracted the novel virus and are currently under self-isolation in their hotel rooms.

The rest of the CSK squad is expected to start their outdoor training on Friday, at the end of their extended period of self-isolation.

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