Former India World-Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may return to competitive cricket with Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020/21. Dhoni hasn’t played in any form of cricket since India’s heart-wrenching semi-final defeat to New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019, but that could change in the coming months.
As per a report in Sportskeeda, the 38-year-old wicket-keeper Batsman got in touch with the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) recently and made his desire known that he wishes to play for Jharkhand in the upcoming domestic T20 competition. It has been learned that Dhoni wishes to make himself ready for the Indian Premier League (IPL) if the cash-rich tournament starts in the near future. As of now, the BCCI has suspended the 2020 IPL season till further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Dhoni has been training in the JSCA international complex now and then and has been in touch with JSCA officials. He has expressed his interest to play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy next year, even JSCA put forward the proposal to him. He has always expressed his interest in giving back to state cricket. He will take a decision post lockdown about this, there is no hurry either. He wants to be match ready for the IPL, and will use the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as practice,” a source was quoted as saying as per Sportskeeda.
IF everything goes to plans, this will only be the second time that Dhoni will be playing in the domestic T20 cricket competition, with his last outing coming in Inter-State T20 Tournament 2007, where he racked up 123 runs in four matches, averaging average 61.50 in the tournament.
There has been a lot of talk on Dhoni’s international future recently. It has been muted reported that the three-time IPL champion may have played his last game for India if the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.