BCCI wants to arrange farewell match for Dhoni
India’s World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket suddenly on the evening of August 15.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did not know anything about this. So there was no preparation. Now the board wants to make Dhoni’s retirement memorable. They want to organize a farewell match for Dhoni.
Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said they will talk to Dhoni during IPL about their plan and make their plans accordingly.
“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,”
the official said.
Once retired, Dhoni is unlikely to return to the field wearing the country’s jersey. In that case, the board can honor Dhoni by organizing a special match.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has already informed the board to hold Dhoni’s farewell match in Ranchi. Former cricketer Madan Lal also said that cricketers like Dhoni should be given due respect.
“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,” Lal told IANS.
“IPL is happening in the UAE and everybody will be glued to their screens to watch him play. But the board can host a series in India too, so that people can see him live in the stadium (obviously after this pandemic gets over),” he added.