Dhoni was not asked to quit captaincy: MSK Prasad

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 09, 2017 12:39 hrs

Chairman of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) senior selection panel MSK Prasad on Monday rubbished reports stating that former India skipper MS Dhoni was asked to quit captaincy.

A report in a national daily stated that Dhoni was asked to relinquish the role of captaincy from senior BCCI officials.

The report stated that the process of making Virat Kohli as the captain of the Indian team across all the three formats started from early September and that the selectors were trying to explain Dhoni how they want to go about the process, keeping his age and the World Cup in mind.

The report further stated that Prasad discussed the matter with Dhoni during the last week’s Ranji tie in Nagpur, where the former skipper was present as the mentor of Jharkhand.

After that the BCCI has sent an official email on last Wednesday evening about Dhoni's decision to quit.

However, the chairman of selection committee speaking to a news website said, "There was no pressure on Dhoni to resign from captaincy. It was his personal decision. He informed me during the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Jharkhand and Gujarat in Nagpur."

"Dhoni is an honest man and the decision didn't come as a surprise. It was timed perfectly as Kohli needs enough matches to settle down going into the Champions Trophy. I thank Dhoni for his contribution, but his job doesn't end here and he needs to guide Kohli," Prasad added.

Dhoni has achieved unprecedented success as a limited-overs captain, guiding India to glory in the World T20 in 2007, the ICC World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy 2013.

Although he relinquished Test captaincy and retired from the longest form of the game in 2014, he continued to lead the side in limited overs.

Dhoni, who currently holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side with 331 games across formats, played his last series as captain against New Zealand at home, where he led the Indian side to a 3-2 series win.

Dhoni who is a part of the ODI and T20 squad will lead the India A squad in the warm-up match against England on Tuesday.

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