MS Dhoni
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it clear that no Indian player can participate in any other league until retirement.

This clarification comes amid numerous rumours about MS Dhoni mentoring CSK’s Johannesburg franchise in the maiden SA T20 League.

BCCI
BCCI. Image: Twitter

According to numerous speculations, Moeen Ali of England and Faf du Plessis of RCB will both play for CSK’s Johannesburg franchise.

Moeen Ali took home his first trophy with the Yellow Army in 2021, while Faf du Plessis has won many championships with the franchise. Moeen has contributed significantly to the team ever since he joined CSK.

Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni
Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni. Image: Twitter

No active Indian cricket players are permitted to participate in any international leagues, according to BCCI’s strict regulations. Players who have dared to participate in competitions like the Big Bash League (BBL) did so only after entirely breaking their ties to Indian cricket.

No Indian player, including MS Dhoni, can compete in any other league: BCCI

Dhoni will not be participating in the competition in any way, not even as a coach or mentor. Despite having ended his international career a while ago, he has not yet retired from the Indian Premier League. The next time MSD plays cricket professionally is in the IPL in 2023.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo: IPL)

An official from the BCCI told Indian Express: “It is obvious that until a player has retired from all forms of the game, including domestic competition, he cannot participate in any other league. Any player who wishes to compete in these forthcoming leagues must severe all links with the BCCI to do so.”

It is important to note that IPL team owners have purchased every franchise team in the South African T20 League. This raised questions about whether Indian players will play for South African T20 franchises.

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