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MS Dhoni opts out of Sri Lanka Test series

Indian ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni opts out of the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka citing exhaustion caused by non-stop cricket.

cricket Updated: Jul 08, 2008 11:05 IST

Indian ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has opted out of the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka citing exhaustion caused by non-stop cricket.

Dhoni, who had hinted of his desire to take a break after a hectic Asia Cup in Pakistan, met BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah to convey it officially.

"Dhoni met BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah and expressed his wish to take a break. He wants to opt out of the Test series," BCCI sources told PTI.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been playing non-stop for the past one year that included an 80-day tour of the UK, the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, an ODI series against Australia and a Test and ODI series against Pakistan at home, a more-than-a-two-month long tour Down Under, a Test series against South Africa followed by the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Just days after the 44-day IPL, in which he played the most matches as his team the Chennai Super Kings were the finalists, the Indian captain was back in action in the tri-series against Bangladesh and Pakistan followed by the Asia Cup.

Faced with a hectic schedule at the Asia Cup, which saw India twice play back-to-back matches, Dhoni had sarcastically quipped that the teao react with vice-President Rajiv Shukla saying "any tired player should inform the board".

And taking a cue from the Board vice-President, Dhoni has conveyed that he needs a break to save himself from being burnt-out.