The 13th edition of IPL is set to begin from March 29 with opening match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The four time IPL champions Mumbai Indians faces three times IPL champion Chennai Super Kings for the first match at Mumbai.
Message from BCCI
The former Indian skipper was last seen in action against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup semifinal, a game India lost. He made himself unavailable for India’s international assignments post the WC exit and was eventually dropped from the BCCI’s list of centrally contracted players in January.
As pointed out by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and India head coach Ravi Shastri, “Dhoni’s international future depends on his performances in IPL 2020 which comes in to consider him in T20 World Cup planned later this year in Australia”.
As T20I world cup set to begin later this year everyone expect Dhoni to get in to the squad. MS Dhoni keen to get slot in the International squad for the T20 world cup so he started his practice from March 2 at Chepauk-Chennai. Dhoni’s name was not included in the upcoming ODI match against South Africa,planned before IPL.
“It was a pretty straightforward selection meeting and since Dhoni was obviously not in the reckoning this time (for South Africa series), there was no formal talk about his future,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by PTI.
Officials confirms that only Dhoni’s performance in IPL would bring him back in squad. Not only for Dhoni other senior players who proves their form would get a chance to return to the International squad.
“He will be back in the reckoning only if he has a good IPL. And why only him, there are so many senior and young players who will play in the IPL. If they do well, they are ought to be considered too. So, you could see some surprise inclusions,” he added.
“But the performance in the IPL could be the clincher,” the source further claimed.