BCCI’s President Sourav Ganguly has commented on MS Dhoni’s international future and has said that the matter will be clear within the next three months. The debate regarding Dhoni cropped up once again after head coach Ravi Shastri said that IPL 2020 will decide if the former India captain will be part of the next T20 World Cup in Australia.
Later, a report had suggested that Dhoni has also decided to play IPL 2021, hinting that he wants to play next two T20 World cups.
“We will see what happens, there’s enough time. Of course it will get clear (within three months). No no, there is clarity, but certain things cannot be said on public platform. There is absolute clarity on MS Dhoni and you’ll find out in time,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony organised by Ajanta Shoes.
“There’s transparency between the Board, MS and the selectors. When you deal with such champions — MS Dhoni is an unbelievable athlete for India — certain things have to be kept within the closed doors. It’s very transparent and everybody knows where they stand,” he added.
Dhoni hasn’t played any form of competitive cricket since the semi-final of World Cup 2019. He first took a break to serve the Indian Army in August. Dhoni was expected to return for the South Africa T20Is but that wasn’t the case. He had already made himself unavailable for Bangladesh T20Is and upcoming West Indies series.
Recently, Dhoni had said that the public will get to know about his career in January. It means that either he will return to the national squad in the new year or he might retire. India play Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand early next year.
It is unlikely that he will play Sri Lanka T20Is but yes, Dhoni can return for Australia ODIs. If Rishabh Pant does not do well in the West Indies series, then Dhoni might also make a comeback for New Zealand tour, where India will need a senior wicketkeeper.
In his absence, Rishabh has not been able to fix his place in the team but the selectors have given him a long rope. Sanju Samson is already part of the team now (in T20Is) and can replace Rishabh in the squad if he does not perform well.
India play West Indies in three T20Is and three ODIs next month.