The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday (January 16) announced the central contract list for the upcoming 2020-21 season. With much surprise for everyone, they did not include former India captain, MS Dhoni, in the contract list.
MS Dhoni doesn’t play Test cricket anymore. Moreover, he has not played any cricket since India’s semi-final exit from the ICC World Cup 2019 after losing to New Zealand. With this, further doubts will raise over his future. He has kept everyone in suspense for his return to cricket again, or whether he will return or not.
As many as 27 players have received the contract list which is divided into four categories. Some new faces also received the contract, including Navdeep Saini, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sunder and Deepak Chahar.
However, in between all these speculations, a report published in TOI said that Dhoni’s name missing from the list would not make any difference in his career in future. The report also shared that he was not considered for a central contract as he didn’t play any game for the last six months.
TOI report on MS Dhoni
“But that doesn’t mean he won’t be considered for any selection in the future,” said sources.
According to TOI, Dhoni will not announce his retirement from his international cricket career until the end of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL will play an important role to pick the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in October.
“Then it is up to the selectors and it is up to individual performances. What if he single-handedly takes CSK to victory in IPL? Won’t that matter? People should stop jumping the gun. His absence from the annual retainership doesn’t mean a thing,” sources further added.
The report further suggested that former India captain will ‘certainly make himself available for selection’ for the T20 World Cup.