Former India captain M.S. Dhoni is to skip his country’s tour of West Indies to spend two months in the army but is not planning retirement, reports said.
The 38-year-old Dhoni, a national hero having led India to their 2011 World Cup triumph, is an honorary lieutenant colonel in a reserve force parachute regiment.The wicketkeeper batsman has told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he wants to miss the tour so he could spend time with the regiment, a BCCI official told Press Trust of India news agency late Saturday.
“M.S. Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now,” the official insisted.
“He is taking a two month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier,” the official added.
Dhoni got into trouble during the World Cup in England for having his regiment’s insignia on his wicketkeeper’s gloves.