‘Dhoni will be re­tained by CSK’

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

IPL 2020

Chennai, In­dia - Whether MS Dhoni plays for In­dia again or not, he will play the 2020 edi­tion of the IPL for Chennai Su­per Kings and 'will be re­tained' by the team when he goes into the mega auc­tion prior to IPL 2021, ac­cord­ing to N Srini­vasan, the vice-chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of In­dia Ce­ments, own­ers of the fran­chise.

"Peo­ple keep say­ing when will he... how long will he play, etc. He will play. I can as­sure you. He will play this year. Next year he will go the auc­tion; he will be re­tained. So there is no doubt in any­body's mind," Srini­vasan said.

Dhoni, 38, re­mains an ac­tive player, but hasn't played for In­dia since the 2019 50-over World Cup, mak­ing him­self un­avail­able for se­lec­tion on oc­ca­sion in this pe­riod too. That has un­der­stand­ably led to a fair bit of spec­u­la­tion on the wick­et­keeper-bats­man's fu­ture, es­pe­cially with a T20 World Cup com­ing up this year and his re­place­ment Rishabh Pant hav­ing an up-and-down run.

Most re­cently, Dhoni was left out of the BCCI's list of cen­trally con­tracted crick­eters, sug­gest­ing that the board might not be ex­pect­ing him to fig­ure in their plans go­ing for­ward, even though Ravi Shas­tri, the coach of the men's team, said that Dhoni would be back in con­tention for a spot in the na­tional team if he did well at the IPL.

N Srini­vasan (left) and MS Dhoni

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