JHARKHAND: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already surprised the cricket fraternity by stepping down as the captain of India’s ODI and T20 national teams. Adding to it, Bihar Cricket Association’s secretary Aditya Verma revealed that the Indian skipper’s announcement was ‘not voluntary but under pressure’.
According to Mr.Verma, the captain cool was hurt with BCCI’s chief selector MSK Prasad asking him of his future plans soon after the conclusion of a Ranji match between Jharkhand and Gujarat, which the Jharkhand lost. Dhoni was acting as a mentor to his home team Jharkhand.
Verma alleged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s joint secretary Amitabh Chowdhary telephoned the Chief selector MSK Prasad to ask Dhoni on his future plans as a player. The episode took place on January 4, when Jharkhand lost to Gujarat in a semi-final match at Nagpur. Verma said that the entire episode took place as the BCCI joint secretary was not happy seeing Jharkhand losing the match from a winning position.
Citing concrete evidence in his interview to the Times of India, Mr.Verma said, “It has come to my knowledge that Dhoni was hurt by the way the selector has approached him. The entire episode happened because of the unhappy Joint secretary, who telephoned MSK prasad to ask Dhoni about his future plans”.
“Major differences stemmed between Mr.Chowdhary and Dhoni because of the fact that the latter has not honored the Jharkhand cricket association’s (Mr. Chowdary was its president until January 2) request to play for Jharkhand’s Ranji team. However, Dhoni remained a mentor rather than a player citing his own reasons. It can be concluded from here, that it is under pressure that the captain cool has resigned”, he added.