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Dhoni front-runner for Test captaincy

After Sachin refuses to lead Team India in Test cricket, there are indications that the onus may fall on Dhoni.

cricket Updated: Nov 08, 2007 13:40 IST

The national selectors will meet in Mohali on Thursday evening to name India's new Test cricket captain amid indications that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be given the job in the longer version as well.

With Sachin Tendulkar turning down the offer and suggesting that "a youngster" be given the reins of the side, the 26-year-old Dhoni has emerged as the front-runner for the job which has been lying vacant for nearly seven weeks since Rahul Dravid stepped down from the post after a successful tour of England.

Apart from Dhoni, veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble is also in the reckoning after expressing his desire to lead the side. VVS Laxman could also be considered in case the selectors decide against putting additional burden on the young Dhoni, who also has the responsibility of keeping wickets.

In case the panel still decides to go with Dhoni, Laxman or Kumble could be made the vice-captain.

If Dhoni is handed the captaincy of the Test side, it would only be for the upcoming three matches against Pakistan and the tour of Australia.

The new captain's performance would be assessed after the tour of Australia before appointing him for a longer reign.

Apart from the Test captaincy, selectors will also choose the team for the remaining three one-dayers against Pakistan but not too many changes are likely to be made.

It will be interesting to see whether Rahul Dravid, who was dropped for the first two one-dayers, is recalled after his brilliant double century in a Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai.

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