The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced squads for India's tour of the West Indies, starting from 3rd of next month. "Now, it's up to him if he wants to retire today, tomorrow, or whenever he wants to", a reliable source told TOI on Sunday, a day on which the selectors picked three squads for the West Indies tour in August-September. The former India skipper has chose to take a two-month break and serve his army regiment after a gruelling India Premier League season and the 2019 World Cup.
Regarding speculation around Dhoni's retirement, Prasad said at the press conference, "Retirement is purely an individual (decision). I know that. He is still fit enough to play worldwide cricket", Banerjee said.
As for M.S. Dhoni, the chief selector said that while the former India skipper has made himself unavailable for the series against Windies, they are looking at grooming Rishabh Pant across all formats.
The wicketkeeper-batsman is an honorary lieutenant colonel of a reserve force called the Territorial Army in India. The chairman of selectors MSK Prasad also clearly stated that Rishabh Pant will be India's first choice keeper across formats in the coming days. "Prior to the selection of any team, they give us the list and based on that we go ahead with the selections", said Prasad.
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Earlier, on Thursday, Dhoni's friend and manager Arun Pandey had said that the wicketkeeper batsman did not have any immediate plans to retire from worldwide cricket. The present selection committee has chose to move on from Dhoni.
Widely considered as the best "finisher" in contemporary cricket, Dhoni has recently struggled to start his innings while his ability to put bowlers to the sword at the end has also been on the wane.
ON SAHA'S INCLUSION "Pant will be playing all the three formats so we will have to look for his workload management". Dhoni does not need to play every series. Wriddhiman Saha will rejoin the Test side after a gap of more than a year. "That is our plan right now and we did discuss this with Dhoni". "So, Wriddhiman Saha and KS Bharat will come into the picture", stressed the chief selector.
After that, both the teams play the first ODI of the three-match series at the same ground in Guyana on August 8, followed by the remaining two 50-over matches to be played at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad on August 11 and 14. For someone who was already seen to be on the fringes of the senior team, after his call-up to the New Zealand tour earlier this year, Gill finds himself out of the reckoning with Shreyas Iyer and Pandey preferred over the youngster.