Ind vs WI: MS Dhoni Makes Himself Unavailable For The Tour

Ind vs WI: MS Dhoni Makes Himself Unavailable For The Tour

Ind vs WI: MS Dhoni Makes Himself Unavailable For The Tour 

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former skipper of Indian cricket team, made himself "unavailable" for the tour of West Indies but ruled out immediate retirement a day before the selectors meet in Mumbai to pick the squads for the upcoming away series. The step comes in the middle of the rumours about his international retirement after India's semi-final exit from the recent World Cup, Dhoni has told the BCCI that he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his paramilitary regiment.    

The 38 year old cricketer is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, "We would like to clarify three things. MS Dhoni 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. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad," a senior BCCI official told PTI on Saturday.    

The former Indian skipper refused to take retirement now leaves the ball in the court of the selectors, who were expected to drop him from the squad for the West Indies. India will play three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and two Tests in the tour starting August 3. It is believed that the selection committee chaired by MSK Prasad wants to move forward with an eye on future but they would also like to get a sense of where the Indian captain stands on this issue.    

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"The selection committee has always been clear on one issue. They have no right to tell anyone irrespective of their stature as to when they should call it quits but when it comes to team selection, it remains their domain," a senior BCCI official said.    

The wicket-keeper batsman is expected to be replace by Rishabh Pant in all three formats while Wriddhiman Saha will be Pant's understudy in the Tests.    

The focus from now onwards will be more on T20 cricket keeping the World T20 in mind, which is scheduled to be held in Australia next year.  

Indian team is expected to play bilateral three-match T20 series in run-up to the global meet and with Dhoni expected to play one more season of IPL with Chennai Super Kings, things are a bit tricky at the moment.    

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