MS Dhoni unavailable for West Indies tour, to serve his regiment for next two months

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday made himself unavailable for the Indian team’s tour of West Indies, a day before the selectors meet in Mumbai.

Dhoni has informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about his unavailability for next two months from the game as he would be serving his paramilitary regiment.

Dhoni met a top BCCI official and explained why he cannot go on the tour of West Indies. Dhoni is an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the parachute regiment of the territorial army. He had made the commitment much earlier, even before the World Cup, sources said.

The BCCI official, however, made it clear that Dhoni is not retiring from cricket at the moment.

“He is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment, which he had committed much earlier,” official said.

The decision has been communicated to skipper Virat Kohli and the chairman of selectors, official added.