Will MS Dhoni play ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia?

MS Dhoni Retirement , T20 World Cup Australia , BCCI Annual Contract List

While there were questions about MS Dhoni playing T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the annual player retainership 2019-20 for senior men’s cricket team, in which Dhoni’s name is missing.

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the Test cricket in December 2014 after playing 90 matches. MS Dhoni stepped down as the captain of India’s limited over formats in January 2017. Dhoni was a part of Grade A in the BCCI’s annual contracts list last year.

As per sources, MS Dhoni was informed that he won’t be given BCCI’s central contact, before the decision was announced today. A player needs to play a minimum of three T20 matches in a particular season to be eligible for BCCI central contract.

However, MS Dhoni had made himself unavailable since the defeat in 2019 ICC World Cup’s semifinals against New Zealand. Therefore, he was left out of the list in 2020. India will be playing the T20 World Cup in Australia this year. With MS Dhoni missing from the annual contract list, it remains to be seen whether he will play the World Cup or not.

Here is the list of distribution of Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men):

Grade S.No. Athletes
A+ 1 Mr Virat Kohli
2 Mr Rohit Sharma
3 Mr Jasprit Bumrah

 

Grade S.No. Athletes
A 1 Mr Ravichandran Ashwin
2 Mr Ravindra Jadeja
3 Mr Bhuvneshwar Kumar
4 Mr Cheteshwar Pujara
5 Mr Ajinkya Rahane
6 Mr K L Rahul
7 Mr Shikhar Dhawan
8 Mr Mohd. Shami
9 Mr Ishant Sharma
10 Mr Kuldeep Yadav
11 Mr Rishabh Pant

 

Grade S.No. Athletes
B 1 Mr Wriddhiman Saha
2 Mr Umesh Yadav
3 Mr Yuzvendra Chahal
4 Mr Hardik Pandya
5 Mr Mayank Agarwal

 

Grade S.No. Athletes
C 1 Mr Kedar Jadhav
2 Mr Navdeep Saini
3 Mr Deepak Chahar
4 Mr Manish Pandey
5 Mr Hanuma Vihari
6 Mr Shardul Thakur
7 Mr Shreyas Iyer
8 Mr Washington Sundar

 

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni aka Maahi led Indian cricket team to the victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Meanwhile, Dhoni has been avoiding the media and the questions over his retirement and his availablity in the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.

-PTC News