Available or not, MS Dhoni will not be selected for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh as the current selection panel has moved on from the former Indian skipper, a report in Mumbai Mirror suggests. The selectors are keen to give chances to new faces for the next two T20 World Cups.
The report also adds that although Dhoni had made him unavailable for West Indies tour after World Cup, the selectors were set to keep him out of the squad.
Amidst all the retirement talk, it seems like Dhoni might be forced into retirement as the selectors have moved on from him. The 38-year-old last played in the World Cup semi-final, where India lost to New Zealand.
He took a break from the game and served the Indian Army. After his stint with the Army, Dhoni was expected to make his comeback for the South Africa T20Is but he wasn’t available. He is set to miss Bangladesh T20Is as well and a comeback for him is not on the cards.
BCCI’s President-elect Sourav Ganguly has already said that he will talk to Dhoni and the selection panel on October 24 to discuss the future of the former captain. In all likeliness, Dhoni will not make a comeback to the national side but might not announce his retirement.
He has been confirmed to lead Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year and Dhoni is only expected to take a call on his career after the next season of the T20 league.
In his absence, Rishabh Pant has been given chances and he looks set to given long run so as he can fix his spot in the playing XI.
Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in December 2014, played 90 Tests. Making his ODI debut in 2004, he went on to play 350 ODIs in which he scored 10773 runs. Dhoni wasn’t team India’s captain in Men in Blue’s maiden T20I but soon took up the captaincy and led India to a title triumph in 2007.