Mahendra Singh Dhoni is unlikely to make his commentary debut in the Day-Night Test between India and Bangladesh, sources close to the former India captain told PTI. Host broadcaster Star Sports has sent a proposal to the BCCI on Dhoni commentating in the landmark game but the board is yet to respond.
Dhoni, who has not played for India since the World Cup semifinal in July, remains a contracted player of the BCCI. “There is no way Dhoni can commentate,” a source close to the player told PTI when asked about the possibility of Dhoni being behind the mic during the pink ball Test from November 22-26 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
As per the existing constitution, Dhoni commentating would also amount to conflict of interest. Ever since that World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand, Dhoni’s future has been a subject of intense speculation but the player himself has not spoken a word on it. The Indian team, as mentioned by chief selector MSK Prasad, seems to have moved on with Rishabh Pant becoming the number one choice in the shorter formats.
MS Dhoni recently visited the Indian dressing room personally after Team India achieved white wash against the Proteas in a four-match Test series. Following the win and the achievement, there was a special visitor in the Indian dressing room. MS Dhoni, the former India skipper, paid a visit to the Indian dressing room and interacted with Shahbaz Nadeem, another local from Ranchi who had an impressive Test debut with four wickets.
Dhoni also posed for a photo with India head coach Ravi Shastri, who captioned, "Great to see a true Indian legend in his den after a fantastic series win." Dhoni has not spoken publicly ever since the Indian cricket team's semi-final exit against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The former India cricket team skipper has been on a two-month sabbatical ever since the World Cup, having made himself unavailable for selection for the West Indies tour and for the three-match Twenty20 International series against South Africa.
(With inputs from PTI)