"Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment", the report quoted an unidentified Indian cricket board (BCCI) source as saying.
The BCCI, headed by MSK Prasad along with Virat Kohli met in Mumbai to pick the squads. "But what is the future course of action, what is the roadmap that we have to take is in the hands of the selection committee".
The next 50-over World Cup is still four years away but the World Twenty20 will be held in 2020 and Dhoni enjoys unwavering support from India captain Virat Kohli who has publicly backed him on numerous occasions. Rohit Sharma has been brought back in the Test squad while Jasprit Bumrah has been rested from the limited-overs series along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
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Youngsters like Navdeep Saini and Shubman Gill, who have been knocking the selectors' doors for some time, will be inducted and some seniors like Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav will be replaced by future brigade for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.
A top BCCI official confirmed that the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army will spend the next two months with his regiment.
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"Dhoni still has cricket left in him".
With Dhoni's ever-declining hitting abilities, can he come in at Nos 6 or 7 where he might, at best, get 6 to 8 balls in most games and even less in some?
Since the end of the World Cup where India lost in the semi-finals to New Zealand, talks have been rife about Dhoni's retirement. Mayank had also made it to the World Cup team after Vijay Shankar sustained injuries midway through the competition. "To me, he had a good World Cup and looked sharp".
India will be playing a lot of bilateral three-match T20 series in run-up to the global meet and with Dhoni expected to play one more season of IPL with Chennai Super Kings, things are a bit tricky at the moment.More news: Manny Pacquiao Dethrones Keith Thurman To Capture WBA Welterweight Title
"First of all, we don't have to discuss about it (strike rate in World Cup). That's how Rishabh Pant can also fit in".