Dhoni must play domestic cricket: Amarnath
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other senior cricketers must play domestic cricket to be eligible for selection in the Indian national team, said former India all-rounder and selector Mohinder Amarnath.
Though Dhoni has retired only from Test cricket, he is no more a certainty in the Indian T20 side as well, which was proved at him being rested for the T20Is against Windies and Australia in recent times. That means ODI is the only format Dhoni is now a regular player of.
Dhoni had time to take part in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy. But despite that, he chose not to play it, and will go into the three-match series in Australia next month without any match practice.
“Every individual is different but one thing I have always believed in is that if you want to play for India you have to play for your state as well. I think they (BCCI) should change this policy altogether. A lot of senior players don’t play domestic cricket,” Amarnath said.
Apart from Dhoni, India opener Shikhar Dhawan is another senior player who opted to give the ongoing Ranji Trophy a miss despite being dropped from the Test team.
“The BCCI should make it an eligibility criteria. Not only a number of games, you should be playing regularly for your state if you are not playing for India and not only just before the India selection. Then only you can judge how good the guy is playing. Whatever you have achieved is all in the past. What is important is current form,” Amarnath added.
Recently India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar also suggested the same.