It seems that former Indian captain, MS Dhoni is possibly returning to international cricket in March next year, before the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has asked the permission from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow seven of the top Indian cricketers to be part of the Asia XI team, which will play two T20Is against the Rest of the World.
The two matches will be played on March 18 and 21 and they have already been referred to as the international matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Apart from MS Dhoni, the other cricketers, that the BCB has asked for are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Ravindra Jadeja.
While talking about the same to India Today, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, “Yes, Bangladesh is scheduled to host two T20 Internationals between Asia XI and Rest of the World. We are in touch with BCCI and other cricket boards of the Asian region to allow their players to be part of these two games.”
Dhoni hasn’t played a single game since the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in July. Even there was no news about his return to the circuit as well. He made himself unavailable for the selection in the West Indies series in August as he took a break to train with the Para Regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir.
He did not play the T20I series against South Africa at home and wasn’t even a part of the T20I team that beat Bangladesh 2-1 in the recently-concluded series. Moreover, MS Dhoni was not included in India’s limited-overs squads for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against West Indies despite some videos of his training session in Ranchi going viral recently. However, if BCCI gives permission to BCB’s request and also the stalwart agrees to be part of the games, it could end the suspense over his future as well.