The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to host a farewell match for the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni according to a senior board official.
The Chennai Super Kings captain announced his retirement from the international cricket on Saturday. This brought an end to one of the most distinguished careers the game had ever seen.
As one of the most successful Indian captain, Dhoni has managed to win all three ICC white-ball tournaments – the ICC T20 World Cup (2007), the ICC ODI World Cup (2011) and the ICC Champions Trophy (2013).
As per the BCCI official, the 39-year-old has achieved a lot for the country and also contributed to cricket as well. This board will be discussing a farewell game during the IPL.
The official told IANS:
“There is no international series right now, maybe after IPL we will see what can be done because Dhoni has done a lot for the nation and he deserves all the respect. We always wanted to have a farewell match for him but Dhoni is a different player. He announced his retirement when nobody was thinking of it.”
“Surely we will speak to him during the IPL and that would be the right place to get his opinion about a match or series. Well, there will be a proper felicitation ceremony for him no matter if he agrees on it or not. That will be our honour to felicitate him.”
According to former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal, MS Dhoni deserves a farewell game, and it will make Lal extremely happy if BCCI stages a game for the former Indian skipper.
He believes that BCCI can plan a series in India after the IPL, which will give fans a chance to watch MS Dhoni in action. He said, “I would be really happy if the BCCI hosts a match for Dhoni. He is a legendary player and you can’t let him go just like that. His fans would want to see him again in action.”
Although Dhoni has retired from the International cricket, we will see him leading the Chennai franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled to begin from September 19 in the UAE.