Mahendra Singh Dhoni has bid adieu to all forms international cricket. He may still be seen wearing Team India jersey if he agrees.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is reportedly considering to organise a farewell game for one of the most successful captains in the country’s cricketing history.
A senior BCCI official has reportedly revealed to news agency IANS that the board will speak to Dhoni in this regard during the upcoming Indian Premier League in the UAE.
“There is no international series right now, maybe after IPL we will see what can be done because Dhoni has done a lot for the nation and he deserves all the respect. We always wanted to have a farewell match for him but Dhoni is a different player. He announced his retirement when nobody was thinking of it,” the official has told the agency.
Dhoni earlier this week had joined the legends like Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh to announce his retirement while out of the national team. Dhoni has not donned India colours since the team’s exit from the ICC World Cup last year.
However, if the BCCI is really serious about bestowing the well-earned honour to Dhoni and the former India captain agrees, he might still be seen donning the Indian cricket board jersey one last time.
The Board, however, hasn’t talked to him as of now. “We will speak to him during the IPL and that would be the right place to get his opinion about a match or series. Well, there will be a proper felicitation ceremony for him no matter if he agrees on it or not. That will be our honour to felicitate him,” the official has reportedly said.
The Chief Minister of Dh0ni’s home State Jharkhand, Hemant Soren had earlier sought a farewell match for the former Indian captain. Soren had made an appeal to the BCCI, saying that Jharkhand would host the game.
India has won the ICC WT20 World Cup (2007), ICC World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013) under Dhoni’s captaincy.