Last Update on: April 23rd, 2020 at 10:29 am
With the fate of IPL 2020 not clear, MS Dhoni is reportedly keen to play in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The former India skipper has not played a single competitive game since the end of the World Cup in July last year. As soon as the tournament ended, he took an indefinite sabbatical from the game which is yet to end.
The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman would have made his much-awaited comeback last month through the thirteenth edition of the IPL. He had also started his training for the season but the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. In the wake of the outbreak, the BCCI suspended the league till mid-April before deciding to suspend it indefinitely after the lockdown was extended to May 3.
The IPL was seen as the tournament which would have helped MS Dhoni present a case for himself to earn a comeback. But with the future of IPL not at all clear, his future in international career is in limbo. Well, MS Dhoni has now decided to play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year if it takes place.
The 38-year old has only played the tournament once and it was way back in 2007. That year, he played four matches for Jharkhand, scoring 123 runs at an average of 61.50.
According to Sportskeeda, the World Cup-winning skipper has talked to the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) and expressed his desire to play for Jharkhand in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy. The reports further stated that MS Dhoni might be taking the decision after the lockdown ends. A source close to JSCA said that MS Dhoni has been in touch with the officials and also trained in the JSCA International Complex in Ranchi before the lockdown.
The source also added that MS Dhoni has always expressed his interest in giving back to state cricket and he will take a decision post the lockdown. The legendary cricketer reportedly wants to use the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy as practice tournament before the IPL.