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Sourav Ganguly's First Reaction On Dhoni's Retirement After Taking Over As BCCI Chief

Dhoni, One Of India's Most Successful Captains, Has Not Been Available For Selection Since India's Exit From The 2019 World Cup.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 17 Oct 2019, 12:16:43 AM
Sourav Ganguly's First Reaction On Dhoni's Retirement After Taking Over As BCCI Chief

New Delhi:

Newly elected BCCI president and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday spoke for the first time about MS Dhoni's future and said that he will speak to the selectors during his first meeting on October 24. Ganguly, who would be officially appointed as the BCCI chief on October 22 will hold his first meeting with the selectors on October 24 when they choose India's squad for Bangladesh T20 series.

Dhoni, one of the most successfull Indian captains, has not been available for selection since India's exit from the 2019 World Cup after losing to New Zealand in the semi-final. Dhoni, who is also an Indian Army officer, missed the away West Indies tour as he had to go for training. He was not selected for the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa.

Ganguly was is his home town Kolkata when reporters asked him about 38-year-old Dhoni's future and he was quite clear in his answers. When asked about Dhoni's absence from cricket for a long time, he said, "I will find out from the selectors when I meet them on 24th. I will find out what the selectors are thinking. Then I will put my opinion."

It was Ganguly under whose captainship Dhoni flourished in his early days. Ganguly was the captain of team India and had already given up his opening slot for Virender Sehwag when Dhoni joined the team. He recognised his capabilities and promoted Dhoni ahead of himself.

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Ganguly said that he will talk to Dhoni about his future and then the board will take a call. "Let's see what Dhoni wants," he added. He also spoke about the other aspect of the game-day-night Tests - and said that Indian team under Virat Kohli is capable of doing well in the format.

"Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test, that's a long-term future for Test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also. There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It's just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win," Ganguly said.

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First Published : 16 Oct 2019, 10:09:00 PM