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MS Dhoni opts out of West Indies tour, to serve his army regiment for next 2 months

A top BCCI official confirmed that MS Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the West Indies series and will spend better part the next two months with his regiment

cricket Updated: Jul 20, 2019 16:36 IST
Press Trust of India
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MS Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the West Indies series and will spend the better part of next two months serving his army regiment
MS Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the West Indies series and will spend the better part of next two months serving his army regiment(Action Images via Reuters)
         

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday made himself “unavailable” for the Indian team’s tour of West Indies as speculations raged about his future. An Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, it is learnt that Dhoni will be spending better part of the next two months with his regiment. A top BCCI official confirmed the development.

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“Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment,” the official told PTI.

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Dhoni, 38, has intimated his decision to the BCCI prior to the selection committee meeting on Sunday. The official, however, made it clear that Dhoni is not retiring from cricket at the moment.

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“We would like to say three things. He is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier,” he said.

“We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad,” the senior official added.

With Dhoni pulling out of the tour, Rishabh Pant is expected to be first wicketkeeper in all three formats while Wriddhiman Saha will be Pant’s understudy in the Tests.

First Published: Jul 20, 2019 13:11 IST

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