India’s talismanic wicketkeeper-batsman, MS Dhoni’s retirement, has turned out to be quite an enigma, much like his persona. During the Test series in Australia back in 2014, Dhoni called it quits from the longest format of the game, abruptly.
Since the heartbreaking loss at the semi-finals of the World Cup in England last year, MSD has not featured in any prominent cricketing action.
With the T20 World Cup at stake, questions loom on Dhoni’s availability and chances of selection for the multilateral series scheduled in Australia later this year.
The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), now headed by former cricketer Madan Lal, asked the potential selectors about MSD’s future plans for India, on Monday.
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, Rajesh Singh, and Harvinder Singh were shortlisted as candidates for the post of the selector. All were asked the same pertinent question about Dhoni’s future for the Indian team.
“Yes, the CAC had one common question, and that was about their call with regards to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and whether they will select him for the T20 World Cup,” a BCCI official confirmed, according to PTI.
“Dhoni is both a sensitive and tricky issue and that’s why the question needed to be asked,” added the source. In the end, Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh were added to the five-member selection panel.
“We liked his straightforward attitude,” Madan Lal commented after the meeting was adjourned. Dhoni resumed his training at Chepauk Stadium, for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). He will captain the Chennai Super Kings for the 11th time in the history of the competition.