MS Dhoni had been dropped from the BCCI central contract list for the upcoming season
The BCCI dropped a bombshell on Thursday as MS Dhoni was left out of the central contracted list for the upcoming season.
Dhoni hadn’t played for India since the exit from the 2019 World Cup. However, the former captain is expected to feature in the 2020 edition of the IPL.
India have some tough T20I clashes coming up before the World Cup T20 but Dhoni is not a sure shot selection for the upcoming games.
Not having a central contract doesn’t guarantee a future for the keeper, however, a BCCI official claimed that board members had spoken to Dhoni and why he was dropped from the list (h/t Times Now):
“Let me clarify that one of the top-most BCCI office-bearers spoke to MS and told him about how they are going about in the central contracts. He was clearly told that since he hasn’t played any game in the said period (September 2019 to date), he cannot be included for the time being.”
The official spoke with PTI on the condition of anonymity and continued:
“Let’s not get into who spoke. The fact is that a player of his stature needs to be told that he is not being awarded a central contract for the time being and it was done in an appropriate manner.”
One condition for Dhoni to return to the team
The official, however, kept an option open for Dhoni to play in the future. The former captain has to play a certain number of games, and he explained how the keeper could be back in the team:
“There will be an Asia Cup T20 (likely to be shifted from Pakistan) and if Dhoni plays a certain number of matches, he will be automatically included. It’s not like he has been dumped for good. It’s just that he doesn’t qualify because he has not played.
“Like Washington Sundar has played 21 T20 Internationals and at least more than 10 in the current season and with more T20s this year, he got a contract. Similarly, Wriddhiman (Saha) had a group C contract last year when he was injured. To get into group B, currently, you need to play three Tests and he fulfilled the criteria during the home season. Same for Mayank Agarwal. That’s how it works,”
Times Now addsed that the World Cup in Australia is set to take place in October 2020 which is just after the current cycle of contracts end.
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That could see Dhoni included in the central contracts if he gets some game-time before the World Cup.
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