The former Indian captain MS Dhoni who had all the focus right after the World Cup has intimated BCCI that he will be unavailable for the West Indies tour and will be serving his regiment with the Army. An Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, Dhoni will spend the next two months with the camp. A top BCCI official confirmed to PTI:
“Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment,” the official said. “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. Right after the 2015 World Cup, Dhoni’s ODI form hasn’t been great and in 2018, his strike rate had hit the lowest point, going down something around 72 and after the 2019 World Cup, all the focus was shifted towards his retirement.
Now, Indian Selectors will meet on Sunday for the selection for the WI tour. With no Dhoni, Pant will possibly be the frontline keeper.