Former captain of the Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni made himself unavailable for the upcoming West Indies tour, reported a BCCI official. Dhoni is in Territorial Army as an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment and he has decided to spend the next two months with his troop.
The official said, “Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment.”
A day before the section committee meeting on Sunday, Dhoni conveyed his decision to the BCCI. However, he hasn’t said anything about his retirement. The rumors of MS Dhoni’s retirements have been making rounds for a long time. Fans were making predictions that Dhoni will retire after holding the World Cup trophy this year. But India’s defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the semi-final crushed all such hopes. BCCI also made a statement that India’s victory in the WC on July 14th will be the perfect timing for Dhoni to retire.
Now that Dhoni has opted out of the team for the next tour, reports say that Rishabh Pant will be the committee’s first-choice wicketkeeper in all three formats. Wriddhiman Saha will replace Pant in the tests.