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Dhoni unavailable for tour of Windies, says selector

India cricket chief selector says veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not available for next month’s tour of the West Indies.

“Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni, he knows when to retire,” chief selector MSK Prasad said yesterday while announcing squads for the tour of the West Indies. “What is the future course of action that is in the hands of the selection committee. I don’t think we need to discuss anything more on it. First of all he (Dhoni) is not available. Second, we have already started grooming youngsters.” Since India’s exit from the Cricket World Cup, where it lost to New Zealand in the semifinals, there were media reports that Dhoni might not go on the tour of the West Indies, starting on August 3. There were reports that Dhoni wanted to spend time over the next two months with the Parachute Regiment of the Indian army, where he’s ranked as honorary Lieutenant Colonel. India’s tour of the West Indies begins with a three-match Twenty20 series, followed by a three-match ODI series and then two test matches. Allrounder Hardik Pandya has been rested from the tour while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was named only in the test squad while being rested for the Twenty20s and ODIs.


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