Sourav Ganguly was officially appointed as the 39th president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the Annual General Meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday. However, the former India captain has given a big statement on the future of MS Dhoni. There has been plenty of speculations about Dhoni and his Indian cricket team future after he opted for a two-month sabbatical following India's exit in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. Since then, Dhoni was not considered for selection in the West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh series.
Speaking in the press conference after the end of the Annual General Meeting, Ganguly said, "Champions don't finish very quickly. Till I am around, everybody will be respected." These words indicate that Dhoni might not be unceremoniously dumped and that his future might be safe with the Indian cricket team for at least the near future.
Recently, Dhoni had spoken up about his feelings in his first interaction on the sidelines of a promotional event. The former India skipper had said, "I am like everyone else but I control my emotions better than some of the other individuals. I would say, I feel equally frustrated. I also feel angry at times, disappointed. But what is important is that none of these feelings are constructive. What needs to be done right now is more important than any of these emotions. What is the next thing I can plan? Who is the next individual, whom I can use? Once I get into it, I am controlling my emotions in a much better way," Dhoni said.
Prior to being appointed as the BCCI chief, Ganguly had outlined that he planned to speak to Dhoni, the selectors and Kohli on what is the way forward regarding team selection and dynamics. "Let's see what Dhoni wants. 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," Ganguly had said last week.